After getting their roster down to 75 players earlier today, the Chicago Bears have been awarded slot corner K’Wuan Williams off waivers.
Williams was originally an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh in 2014 who signed with Cleveland Browns, where he spent the past two seasons.
He is in the last year of a three-year deal and is due to make a base salary of $600,000 in 2016. He will become a restricted free agent after the season.
In his time with the Browns, Williams started 10 games, while playing in 26 total contests. In those two years he combined for 77 tackles, two sacks, 10 defensed passes and three forced fumbles.
With the current state of Kyle Fuller’s knee in question after a knee scope, along with Tracy Porter being in concussion protocol, Williams will be a welcomed addition to Chicago's secondary. He projects best as a nickel corner due to his 5-9 height.
Williams was recently released from the Browns after having bone spurs in his foot. According to a source, he received a cortisone shot last week and is expected to be able to jump right in and practice with the Bears. Williams will need surgery to remove the bone spurs but that surgery is expected to be held off until the season is over.
Because he has sat out so long, it’s still a question as to whether he’ll be ready for Week 1 and, if he is, how much he’ll be able to play.
Per that same source, the Bears were one of six teams to show interest in Williams.
Williams is set to take his physical with the team tomorrow.
The Bears waived undrafted rookie CB Kevin Peterson to clear roster space for Williams.
UPDATE: Williams failed his physical and will not be joining the Bears.