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49ers announce re-signing of Garland

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Lynch had high praise for Garland, both on and off the field 

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The San Francisco 49ers made it official Saturday afternoon by announcing the re-signing of versatile offensive lineman Ben Garland. General manager John Lynch had this to say:

“Ben stepped in at a critical point in our season last year and did a great job. He is a versatile interior lineman who battles every play and gives you everything he has. Off the field, Ben is one of the most active NFL players in the community, and we are privileged to have him representing the 49ers and the Bay Area.”

Garland (6-5, 308) originally joined the 49ers after signing with the team as a free agent on April 23, 2019. Last season, he appeared in nine games, including starting the final three regular-season games and the team’s three postseason contests at center.

Garland entered the NFL after signing with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 30, 2010, out of the United States Air Force Academy. That year, the Broncos placed him on the Reserve/Military List to serve his two-year military commitment. He returned to the Broncos in 2012, spent two years (2012-13) on the team’s practice squad and appeared in eight games with the team in 2014 along the defensive line. On September 9, 2015, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and spent the majority of the season on the practice squad prior to being promoted to the active roster on December 15, 2015.

In 2018, Garland was the recipient of the NFL Salute to Service Award, honoring his efforts of support to the former and present members of the military. Last season, he was the recipient of the 49ers Perry/Yonamine Unity Award, which is present to the player who exhibits an exceptional commitment to promoting unity within the team and in their community.

A 31-year-old native of Grand Junction, CO, Garland appeared in 39 games (34 starts) at Air Force and registered 115 tackles, 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks on special teams. As a senior in 2009, he appeared in 13 games and finished with 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.