The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have signed running back Ja’Quan Gardner to a three-year deal and waived safety Chanceller James.
A 23-year-old native of Ceres, CA, Gardner (5-7, 205) attended Humboldt State University. In four years with the Lumberjacks (2014-17), he appeared in 42 games and registered 880 carries for 5,495 yards and 72 touchdowns on the ground. He also added 81 receptions for 767 yards and four touchdown. As a senior in 2017, he finished the season with 206 carries for 1,322 yards and 21 touchdowns while adding 20 receptions for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
Gardner will wear number 38.
James (6-2, 208) originally signed with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 8, 2017. He was placed on the Injured Reserve List on August 15, 2017, where he spent the entire season. James attended Boise State University where he appeared in 35 games (24 starts) and registered 171 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 3.0 sacks, seven passes defensed and one fumble recovery.