Offensive center Ben Garland (formerly San Francisco 49ers)
The San Francisco 49ers did a great job with their running game in 2019. That was due in large part to their offensive line. And each offensive line’s running game begins with a solid offensive center.
The 49ers enjoyed depth at their center position in 2019, a luxury many analysts project them discarding in 2020. In doing so, center Ben Garland will be free to test the free agency market. Garland played in nine games for the 49ers in 2019, starting three of them. While his 2019 PFF score was a very modest 59.1, he replaced starter Weston Richburg in the playoffs and earned an impressive 82.8 grade for his effort.
It’s that type of performance that suggests that Garland is ready to play at the next level. He played a one-year contract with the 49ers at $805,000. He should be signable for about $1,500,000 per year and will be strongly competitive for starts in 2020.