49ers Trade Kentwan Balmer To Seahawks After Issuing Ultimatum

Colin GriffithsContributor IAugust 16, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Defensive end Kentwan Balmer #96 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 20-16.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kentwan Balmer, who left 49ers training camp on August 9th following a meeting with Head Coach Mike Singletary, has been unresponsive and was given an ultimatum to return to the team by today, August 16th. According to sources he had responded that he would return to the team. With that knowledge, the 49ers apparently spent time this weekend looking for suitors for the defensive lineman.  

While it is still unclear why he left the team, sources had cited that it was for "personal reasons," which could fall under a wide spectrum of reasons. It has been rumored that he had trouble identifying where he fit in the current defense run by Singletary.   

This revelation and the surprise retirement of Glen Coffee begs to wonder what is going on in 49ers camp that doesn't seem to be gelling with all the players. It's also possible it could be a coincidence.  

Balmer, the former first-round draft pick, comes to the Seahawks at the discounted price of a 2011 sixth-round draft pick. Pete Carroll adds yet another big man to an already large defensive line. Balmer could push for playing time at the defensive end/tackle hybrid position that he has pushed Red Bryant into as well. This adds more quality depth to what already figures to be a good line.  

The only question that remains to be seen is if and when Balmer will report to the Seahawks.