3 ways 49ers go about replacing departed K’Waun Williams

K'Waun Williams #24 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Option No. 1: 49ers dip into dwindling NFL free agency pool or test 2022 NFL Draft

Right now, according to Over the Cap, the Niners have $7.48 million in cap space, meaning they can afford perhaps one or two modestly priced free agents.

That number will increase, of course, after San Francisco eventually moves quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. But if the 49ers want to get a likable body in to replace K’Waun Williams now, they’d have to act soon.

As of this writing, some potential names to watch to fill the void could be veterans like Kyle Fuller or Bryce Callahan, who ironically both spent last year with Denver and were essentially phased out. Fuller, in particular, has doubled as both an inside and outside cornerback. And while he might not be the same caliber player at this career in comparison to his Pro Bowl campaigns with the Chicago Bears some years ago, a veteran presence is always welcomed.

It’s also feasible the Niners look to the NFL Draft as an option, too. Adding Charvarius Ward all but eliminates the idea San Francisco will use its top pick, currently No. 61 overall, on a cornerback.

But with two picks in Round 3, and at least one selection in Rounds 4 through 7, it wouldn’t be shocking to see that route pan out as well.