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49ers News: Team Re-Signs Key Defender

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The San Francisco 49ers secondary should return mostly intact after the team re-signed versatile defensive back K'Waun Williams Wednesday. Williams does a little bit of everything for the Niners defense. He's been a solid run defender and a key blitzer from the slot.

Williams has been the 49ers slot cornerback since 2017, and he agreed to return on a one-year deal, NFL Network reported.

Williams adds to the 49ers cohesive secondary unit that also saw the re-signing of outside cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley over the past month. The 49ers also re-signed strong safety Jaquiski Tartt this week. Seven-year veteran free safety Jimmy Ward is already signed through 2022 as the 49ers longest-tenured player. Niners cornerback Richard Sherman remains on the market.

Williams had coverage (64.8) and overall grades (66.2) that were subpar in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus player grade evaluations. The 5-foot 9 undrafted cornerback was much better in 2019 with 75.7 and 77.2 PFF grades. Williams visited with the Kansas City Chiefs, and also considered the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, according to The Athletic's reporting.

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