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Report: 49ers trade Balmer to Seahawks
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade disappointing third-year DE Kentwan Balmer to the Seattle Seahawks, a source confirmed. According to CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers will receive a sixth-round pick in exchange for the defensive lineman.
Balmer, who left San Francisco’s training camp last week as an unexcused absence, was given a five-day letter from the team to report to the team within five days of receiving the notice. If he does not report to the team by then, the team would have the right to place him on the Reserve/Left Team List. If he’s placed on that list, he would not be able to play again in the current season. The five-day letter expired on Monday.
Balmer had left the team for personal reasons, but various published reports said he was dealing with sorting through allegations that he paid for travel expense of former teammates Marvin Austin and Cam Thomas during the summer of 2009, which would be a clear violation of NCAA rules.
Balmer only played in roughly 16 percent of the defensive snaps last season for the 49ers. His future with the team was on shaky ground to begin with, so he probably would have had to put together a strong training camp in order to have a realistic shot to make the team.
With Seattle, Balmer will get to play in the 4-3 defense, a scheme in which he might be best suited for. He never seemed comfortable in San Francisco’s 4-3.
Balmer is signed through 2012 and carries a base salary of $583,000 for 2010.
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