The Jacksonville Jaguars may want to look into William’s injury history.
K’Waun Williams is one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league, having given up just one touchdown on 99 targets and earning superb Pro Football Focus grades, so why is he number four in this list? He’s missed 11 games over the last three years, and in a league in which availability may be as important as talent, the Jaguars might hesitate to pursue the Pittsburgh product in free agency.
After not getting his name called in 2014’s draft, Williams signed with the Cleveland Browns. There, he spent three seasons before being waived in 2016. The Chicago Bears then wanted to claim him but he failed a physical due to an ankle injury he was dealing with at the time. He ended up missing the 2016 season and signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 and later a three-year contract extension worth $8.8 million the same year.
During his four-year tenure with the Niners, Williams has registered 174 total tackles (14 for a loss), seven forced fumbles, 13 passes defensed, and three interceptions. Last season, he dealt with a high-ankle sprained and missed eight games. If the Jaguars think he’s healthy enough to make an impact, they should then pursue him in free agency, but they should err on the side of caution.