Former Cleveland Browns to watch in the Championship Games
K’waun Williams, Cornerback, San Francisco 49ers
At one point, many people thought K’Wuan Williams was on his way to becoming one of the better slot corners in the NFL. During his time with the Browns, he fought his way to earning a roster spot and later became a starter.
He played a vital part in the Browns memorable comeback against the Tennessee Titans by recording a sack of quarterback Charlie Whitehurst late in the game. When the Browns lost starting slot corner Buster Skrine to the New York Jets, Williams took over his spot alongside Joe Haden and Tramon Williams.
In his first season as a starter, Williams record multiple forced fumbles, recoveries, pass breakups, and 39 tackles. However, that was as good as it was going to get during his career in Cleveland.
Williams suffered multiple injuries in 2015 and 2016, at one point being suspended by the Browns for what they deemed to be conduct detrimental to the team. Williams stated he would appeal the suspension or potentially retire.
On August 29, 2016, the Browns waived Williams, which summed up their tumultuous relationship. Following a surgery to remove bone spurs, he joined the 49ers and has been with them ever since.
He has struggled with injuries throughout his NFL career but has still been a solid starter for the potentially Super Bowl-bound 49ers.
In another example of poetic irony, Williams recorded an interception against the Browns in their week 5 matchup.