NFL News: 49ers trade AWOL Kentwan Balmer to Seahawks

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that the 49ers have traded defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer to the Seahawks, although the details are unavailable as of this moment.

Balmer quickly fell out of favor in San Francisco after he failed to show up for practice last week. Head coach Mike Singletary had granted Balmer a couple of days off to deal with “personal issues,” although nobody knows what those issues were. He was expected to show up on Wednesday, but he didn’t and also decided to skip Thursday and Friday as well. He also ripped the organization by saying, “People are making a big deal about nothing,” and “I feel like ht 49ers could do a better job of saying that, but it’s not my place to say.”

The 2008 first round pick was on the bubble to make the 49ers’ roster heading into his third season. After barely playing as a rookie, he didn’t show much improvement in his second season before tearing his labrum. He would have had to outplay Demetric Evans to keep his job as a backup at the defensive end position.

In Seattle, Balmer provides the Seahawks with depth and is versatile enough to fill in as a backup at either the end of tackle position. Of course, he has to show up first.

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