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Confirmed: Niners trade DT Balmer to Hawks

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 16, 2010 at 9:03 am with 32 Comments »
August 16, 2010 3:55 pm

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers have traded disgruntled defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer to the Seattle Seahawks.

The team confirmed the move this afternoon.

A first round pick by San Francisco in 2008 draft, Balmer has been unexcused from 49ers training camp since Wednesday, and apparently did not want to return to the team.

Former San Francisco general manager Scot McCloughan, now with Seattle’s front office, was with the team when the Niners selected Balmer with the No. 29 overall pick.

Balmer could add depth for Seattle inside, so it will be interesting to see what moves the team makes to free up a spot for Balmer.

Update: Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is now reporting that the Seahawks likely will give up a late-round pick.

Update: Matt Maiocco of Comcast is now reporting the Seahawks will give San Francisco a sixth-round pick.

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  1. This will be the move to get the Seahawks to 19-0 this season. Time to go to Vegas before they lower the odds….

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Interesting. Why did he leave the 4ers? Personal issues are all that I can find. Is this another case of Singletary driving players away of is there more to this? I presume they are looking at him to add depth behind Mebane, should he make the team.

  3. seatowntp says:

    Maybe we sent the 9ers LoJack? That MIGHT be a reasonable trade.

  4. bird_spit says:

    Per, he is a DE, not a DT.

  5. Ersiv44215 says:

    I hope we didn’t give up any more draft picks

  6. JazBadAzz says:

    This the second player to quit on singletary the other was glen coffee. Maybe Mike is losing the locker room and the team is in more trouble than lead to believe. Our chance to win the west gets better every week :)

  7. He was Scott’s alcohol junkie. lol

    He was disgruntled about playing behind a couple of other players. Sac Bee update says the paperwork is not in yet, so hold your horses.

    My initial reaction was the divisional question by SF. Maybe they think it’s our problem now and something is better than nothing. Just hope it was a player swap not draft choice. Several come to mind besides Jackson.

    there probably is not two more opposite coaches in the NFL than Singlemindeness and Carroll.

  8. Trade for what? I hope they didn’t give up much. He’s not going to compete with Mebane, Cole, Vickerson, or Terrill. (well, maybe Terrill?) The 49ers must have really given up on him or they would not have traded him inside the division.

    seatown, yeah, a trade for LoJack would be about right. bust for bust.

  9. bird_spit says:

    I love the model that the seahawks have.. If they really are giving the starting position to the one that “wins” the job, then I guess that is worth a few wins this season, just because the complacency is gone. Awesome..have to say I am very impressed with the management since Timmay resigned.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Behind Mebane they have Terrill, Pitcock and maybe EJ Wilson. It’s fair to say they need depth there.

  11. A sixth or seventh would’nt hurt I suppose but there are multiple ways to over pay for him. They need a RB and what the heck is going on with Franklin anyways.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    SF is trying to recoup a portion of hie signing bonus, perhaps Seattle agreed to pick that cash up and they let him go for that.

    This is not encouraging, if true;

    “He has a lot going on right now, and it all sort of piled up on him,” one teammate said. “But it’s like he just folded under the pressure.” Balmer was razzed by teammates about being a first-round bust, but rather than use it as motivation, he buckled, the teammate said. “It seemed like he had very low self esteem,” the teammate said. “It was like he just can’t take the joke.”

    That would support speculation that he isn’t a Singletary guy. You’ve got to have thick skin to play for him, I’d imagine.

  13. Well, the guy has to have some talent to be a first round pick, and we need as much help as possible on the defensive front.

    Sounds like he needed a fresh start in a more encouraging environment, which is Carroll’s speciality.

  14. Well, I was a little excited by the headline, but if you take away his 1st round pick status – there’s not much at all to be excited about in his first two years in the league:

    But he’s got size – and I’ll trust the coaches to determine if he rates a roster spot.

  15. He was drafted to be a DT and is a big, fat, and unmotivated pile of garbage. But if he can get motivated (like his final year in college), he could be a good player.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    He played DE in their 3-4. But he played DT at NC.

  17. LoJack is to DE as a #1 pick two years ago as Balmer is to DT as a #1 pick two years ago. It’s not impressive. There’s certainly not much of a risk with a low round pick though so it’s not like I’m bashing the move.

  18. Danny O’Neil is talking about him as a potential 5-tech DE to backup Red Bryant along with EJ Wilson.

  19. One more for Pete and John’s amazing no-stone-unturned, no-toad-unkissed offseason.

    We wanted changes, we’re getting changes.

  20. seatowntp says:

    Hopefully, changes translate into wins. . . eventually.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyK – GIves L Jack someone to room with. Next they will sign Glen Coffee to keep Pitcock company.

  22. nighthawk2 says:

    Sando is saying that we traded a 2011 6th round pick for Balmer. I don’t get this one. Why trade for a holdout malcontent that has done squat in 2 years, he’s an east coast version of Lawrence Jackson, only bigger. I guess he’s stayed healthier than Bryant, but who hasn’t (other than Branch)? That leaves us without a 3rd and 6th round pick next year, for another huge guy playing DE who’s an, uh, underachiever. I guess he could finally start playing like a 1st round pick, but I’ve been waiting for Jackson to start playing like a 1st round pick for two years as well. I’ll settle for him playing like a 4th round pick at this point. I just don’t get this one.

  23. We do have a conditional 6th or 7th round pick from the Browns in the Seneca Wallace trade, and we will be awarded a comp. pick from the NFL for losing Burleson (mainly because of the large amount of $ that he signed for). I predict a 4th rounder. We we’re out a 3 and 6, but we’re up a 4 and 7 so we still have the same amounts of picks as most teams. Granted, I’m with you nighthawk in not wanting proven garbage with questionable intangibles, but it’s not like we’re trading a #1 (your boy, Grubbs) for Branch either.

  24. Balmer needs to room with Ray Willis. Put Willis’ beastly attitude in Balmers’ body and we’d have a potential Pro Bowler on our hands.

  25. Maybe we should change our offense and line a TE off of Okung on every play; except that “TE” would be Ray Willis. Then we could just run the ball forward on every play over our left side. I often wonder why we don’t see packages like that more often (overload a side with brutes and run the hell over little LBs and DBs).

  26. Other then the opening drive, I thought the D line looked much improved over last season. Dramatically actually. Red Bryant at DE looks to be a force just pushing linemen out of the way to help stop the run. Any person they can add to the mix will definitely help the team, especially if they are a former first round pick. Obviously they know a lot more then we do, and judging by the nerd fest of all the posts above this, thank goodness for that.

    My only complaint is that they are stacking linemen and not looking for more help in the secondary. I liked the play of Thurmond and especially Kam Chancellor, but if a team lets Vince Young play like that then they need to get a wake-up call. Vince Young looked like a pro bowler out there on Saturday.

  27. There were some “nerds” who thought DeSean Jackson was a better use of a 2nd round pick than our current GM. In that same draft, later in the 2nd round, they drafted a QB they have since released. And the #4 pick in the draft was once used on AJ Hawk. I think the Packers would have been better off with “nerds” using those picks.

    The Duke Boy knows more about football than any of us because it’s his job and that’s what he does every day. And he’s made some good/great picks too.

    But to blindly believe in everything is foolish; even if they are the expert. We all have done good things in life and some bad things. All GMs have with picks too (some more than others). But nobody is perfect and if I see a stupid move, I think we have a right to question it. Overall, though, I am pleased to say that I like the direction that Mr. Happy and the Duke Boy have us headed in.

  28. DeSean Jackson over Jordy Nelson (needed to clarify – the Packers took Nelson and the Eagles later took the eventual Pro Bowler/game changer).

  29. OCHawkFan says:

    I remember seeing us pick Balmer in alot of mock drafts back in ’08. He seems to have all the tangibles to be a contributer. Maybe he just needs to be in the right environment and defensive scheme? Either way, another low risk, possibly high reward move by this FO. Good Job Duke Boy!

  30. There’s no reason to believe Balmer will suddenly turn things around, but then again….

    Kevin Vickerson was a long-shot to make the Titans, and some people considered him nothing but trouble – but so far he looks very good with the Seahawks. This is the time of the year to take a few long-shots (ones that don’t cost much) and see what pans out.

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