Update (Feb. 21)
7:15 PM: Former Browns cornerback K'Waun Williams has agreed to a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The Jets made Williams a contract offer of their own Tuesday morning after he visited with the team last week, according to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media.
Previous Reports (Feb. 13)
11:40AM: The Jets will get an early start on free agency and possibly on rebuilding their secondary when they visit with free agent cornerback K'Waun Williams on Wednesday, according to a league source
The 25-year-old former Cleveland Brown, and a native of Northern New Jersey, will arrive in town on Tuesday night, the source said, coming from Detroit where he is currently visiting the Detroit Lions. Williams also has several other teams hoping to line up visits with him in the next week or so, according to the source.
That make sense considering it wasn't that long ago that Williams was a promising young corner for the Browns who started 10 games as their nickel corner in 2014-15. But he sat out all of 2016 with an impingement caused by bone spurs in his ankle.
His visit, first reported by the NFL Network, will not include a physical. A source said Williams' ankle is fully recovered, though, and he was cleared to resume football activities just last week by Dr. Robert Anderson, a noted orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte.
Williams is looking for a fresh start after a rocky ending to his 2016 season. His troubles began when he sat out last summer's preseason opener because of his injury, as he reportedly pondered whether to play through the pain or retire from the. The Browns suspended him for two weeks for refusing to play and then waived him when his suspension was over.
He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears, but then waived again when he failed his physical because of his ankle. He then filed a grievance against the team, according to reports, seeking his entire 2016 salary of $600,000.
Since Williams is already a free agent he doesn't have to wait until the official start of the league year on March 9 to visit teams.
The Jets, of course, need help at cornerback and not just at the top of their depth chart where they may need to replace Darrelle Revis if they decide to release him. Their secondary was a mess last season and with Revis likely gone, Marcus Williams a restricted free agent, and with veteran Buster Skrine sitting on a cap number of $8.5 million, they need some reinforcements and options.
The 5-9, 183-pounder, who was born in Paterson and grew up near Giants receiver Victor Cruz, is well-regarded by scouts and had 77 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and 10 pass defensed in his two seasons in Cleveland. He also was considered to be an excellent player on special teams