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Hawks waive DL Kentwan Balmer

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm with 14 Comments »
August 24, 2011 3:18 pm

The Seattle Seahawks waived defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer today, first reported by Jason La Canfora of

A former first-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008, the Seahawks received Balmer in a trade with the 49ers during training camp last season by giving up a sixth round pick in this year’s draft.

Balmer served as serviceable depth for Seattle last season, with Red Bryant, Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane missing a combined 18 games along the defensive front line last season.

Balmer started 11 games and finished with 43 tackles last season. But the Seahawks brought in several players to bolster the defensive line, including Jimmy Wilkerson and Jay Alford in free agency, along with drafting Pep Levingston in the seventh round, so Balmer was the odd man out.

No word yet on who the Seahawks added to replace Balmer on the 90-man roster.

UPDATE: The Seahawks re-signed running back Vai Taua.

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  1. Not exactly one of the “Killer Bees”

  2. grizindabox24 says:

    Vai Taua is back

  3. Hopefully shows we are getting better – Balmer saw the field plenty last year. Not that he was ever effective.

  4. He wasn’t exactly tearing things up but it is times like these that make you wonder how so many people got it wrong when they were evaluating him coming out of college. They may not all of had him down as a first rounder like the niners, but surely they all must have had him say third round or better.

    And ultimatley I wonder what he failed at the most, physical talent or mental talent?

  5. Duke is going to be so sad! :)

  6. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    I liked the trade for him, low risk potentially high reward. Wasn’t a fan of him in the draft though, all potential and unimpressive production.

  7. Rob Rang had the Seahawks drafting Balmer before moving to Lawrence Jackson few days before the draft. Likely was just being a “yes” man from hear say.
    Rang should have stuck with Calais Campbell although the DB Mike Jenkins or FS Phillips seemed better options.

  8. I never thought Ruskell would take Balmer just b/c of the character concerns. Not that he’s a bad guy, I have no knowlege of that, but many people felt he was lazy and didn’t really give full effort until the year before he was to be drafted.

  9. freedom_X says:

    The draft analysts typically try to predict who the teams will pick, not necessarily who they *should* pick. So if Rang switched Seattle’s pick to Lawrence, then he was showing how tuned in he was to what Seattle was doing, and predicted correctly.

    Sometimes the draftniks will have a separate table for who they think a team should draft. But the draft guys that don’t have inside information about the teams, don’t bother with trying to figure out what the team is thinking, and just use their own opinions as the basis for their prediction. It probably took some real good inside information if anybody predicted Seattle would take James Carpenter in the 1st round.

  10. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    We should have drafted Calais Campbell. Dude was pegged as a potential #1 overall pick before his draft stock took a bit of a tumble during his final season. Better drafting for value instead of reaching for someone like Jackson. Campbell is already a force on the Arizona defensive line while Jackson was a useless ghost during his time here.

  11. Ruskell was a little easier to predict than most b/c he’d only take high character guys who went to big schools, had played a long time, were usually seniors, got decent grades, etc. That narrowed it down quite a bit.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    What in god’s name took so long? I hope he succeeds in whatever he does in life moving forward. But he was an atrocious football player.

    Eric, serviceable? Lol, how very kind.

  13. Balmer and Terrill out, Branch and Wilkerson in. Progress.

    That’s a good thing too, because as bad as our O line may be this year, and as young as our DBs are, and as uncertain as our QB play is, this D line will need to carry the team once again.

  14. yellaman says:

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Balmer!!!

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