Tag:Kentwan Balmer
Posted on: August 18, 2010 9:38 am

Hot Routes 8.18.10: We're very persistent, man

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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-I love this quote from new Seattle DL Kentwan Balmer on what happened in San Francisco during the past week: “You’re very persistent, man.” No explanation was forthcoming, though the Seahawks seemed pretty impressed with Balmer after his first practice with his new team. Props to the AP reporter for being persistent, though.

-One intriguing storyline for Saturday’s Baltimore-Washington preseason game (you just have to manufacture these storylines for the preseason, eh?) is the return of Ravens quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn to face the team he used to coach. He insists it won’t be awkward .

-The Bengals cut last year’s fourth-round pick, C Jonathan Luigs. The move is a little surprising , because Luigs was the top center in college football while at Arkansas. He’s battled some injuries this offseason, but he played half the season on special teams last year. He wasn’t going to replace starter Kyle Cook, but he seemed like a decent-enough backup.

-Todd Haley was asked about his physical training camps . “It’s all I know,” Haley said. Why is this interesting (or, at least, sort of interesting)? Physical training camps are less and less popular these days. Haley has come under fire on more than one occasion for having a confrontational, perhaps even disrespectful, demeanor towards veteran players. All we know is this: Larry Johnson would disapprove. Not to mention Jerry Jones.

-Could Texans fourth-round rookie Darryl Sharpton really be challenging Xavier Adibi for a starting linebacker job while Brian Cushing is out? Apparently, so.

-The NFL Network forgot to blackout the Bengals-Broncos game for some lucky Northern Kentucky viewers . D’oh. Les Vann, the local CBS affiliate’s VP and GM was less than pleased. “I cannot imagine how the league would have reacted if we had a ‘communication error’ and failed to black out the game.”

-Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel has a hamstring injury, but it doesn’t sound like a big deal . He’s not practicing this morning, though.

-Browns right guard Floyd Womack (some call him “Pork Chop”) is out for the rest of the preseason after getting his knee scoped.

-A player sitting out practice because of tightness in the lower back normally isn’t a cause for major concern … unless that player is Packers DE Justin Harrell.

-Raiders defensive end Jay Richardson is expected to miss the rest of training camp after knee surgery.
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Posted on: August 16, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 1:20 pm

Report: Seahawks acquire AWOL Niner Balmer

Posted by Will Brinson

Kentwan Balmer didn't last long on the trading block -- Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Balmer's been dealt to the division rival Seattle Seahawks.

Terms of the deal are not yet disclosed, but on the front of things, it makes sense: as Barrows notes, Scot McCloughan, the ex-Niners GM who actually drafted Balmer, is currently with Seattle. Seattle also needs help on the defensive line, and they have a coaching staff that's certainly unafraid to bring, ahem, characters into the fold to see if they can perform. (There's also the added bonus of Pete Carroll being able to counsel Balmer through the NCAA interrogation process!)

For the Niners' part, they were looking to move Balmer quickly -- he'd been AWOL from the team since last week and today was the deadline for him to report or be placed on the "left squad" list, whereby he would be unable to play in 2010.

Plus, you could argue that if the Niners really think Balmer is that bad a player (which they apparently do), they're hurting Seattle with subtraction by addition.

Update (12:48): Awkwardly, it appears, according to CSN Bay Area, that the Niners didn't want Balmer ever coming back to the facility, even the players' parking lot.

Update (1:18): According to Matt Maiocco on Twitter , the 49ers will receive a sixth-rounder in return for Balmer. That's not exactly the greatest bounty for a guy removed from first-round status just two years ago, but it helps to underscore just how little regard the organization had for Balmer. For the Seahawks, that's pretty good value, especially if they can get him fired up to face his former team twice a year.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 8:55 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 8:56 pm

Balmer said he plans to return to 49ers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Nice reporting by Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News . Brown, much like Woodward and Bernstein, tracked down his source – in this case, the AWOL’d 49ers DE Kentwan Balmer – the old fashioned way. He knocked on Balmer's front door.

Balmer answered, and Brown had his scoop, as Balmer said he had a meeting scheduled with San Francisco coach Mike Singletary today.

He also said he needed more than two days to deal with his personal issues, which he wouldn’t divulge, but that he planned to play the season with the 49ers.

“People are making a big deal about nothing," Balmer told the Mercury News. "I feel like the 49ers could do a better job of saying that, but it's not my place to say."

Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has a different take on his Twitter page . Writes Barber: "Niners rep says no meeting scheduled btwn Balmer & Singletary."

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 2:58 pm

Kentwan Balmer away handling 'personal' stuff

Posted by Will Brinson

Kentwan Balmer's absence from 49ers practice has been notable, but considered something that wasn't a big deal. At least until today (which -- COINCIDENTALLY? -- is the first day Sportscenter reports that he paid for some former teammates to join him for a trip in Cali) anyway.

Matt Maiocco of Bay Area CSN is reporting that Balmer's time as a 49er might be at an end, as he's been absent from practice without excuse.

Originally, Mike Singletary granted Balmer a two-day leave of absence from practice to deal with "a personal matter" but that time had passed and Balmer still hasn't shown up to camp.

Only a truly cynical person (and huge caveat here: I do not care, as a fan, for the University of North Carolina, so take that with how much ever salt you'd prefer) would point out that Balmer is dealing with a "personal matter" (of an undisclosed nature) at the same time as his alma mater, UNC, is being investigated for agent-related matters that intimately involve not only Balmer, but his own agent, Gary Wichard, as well.

Update (2:56) : David White of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that Singletary had this to say during Wednesday's practice: ""I told Kentwan to be here this morning. He is not. We're going to move forward." So, yeah, seems likely Balmer could be cut. On the bright side, that'll give him plenty of time to chat with NCAA investigators.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 12:12 pm

Kentwan Balmer AWOL at 49ers practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

San Francisco DL Kentwan Balmer left training camp Monday, and nobody outside the organization seems to know why.

The San Jose Mercury News has the story, but 49ers coach Mike Singletary declined to comment on why Balmer was gone, saying only, “He and I have to talk and figure some things out."

Singletary said he expected Balmer – who apparently is frustrated about his playing time – to return to camp. Balmer suffered through a shoulder injury last year, and though he said before training camp that he was excited to return and reclaim his starting spot, his position is definitely in jeopardy.

This morning, Pro Football Talk has reported Balmer will return to training camp Wednesday and that Singletary had given Balmer off a couple days to deal with a family matter.

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