Kentwan Balmer

Kentwan Balmer

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At a game in Denver in September 2010.
No. 96, 95, 99, 93
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-10-15) October 15, 1986
Place of birth: Ahoskie, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 317 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school: Weldon (NC)
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 62
Sacks: 0.0
INTs: 0
Player stats at

Kentwan Balmer (born October 15, 1986) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the 29th overall pick. He played college football at University of North Carolina.

He has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, and Washington Redskins.

College career

Balmer started all twelve games at right defensive tackle as a senior, ranking second on the team with 59 tackles (33 solos), including 3.5 sacks for minus 26 yards, 9.5 stops for losses of 44 yards and four quarterback pressures. In 2005 he played 11 games with three starts and 17 tackles (5 for a loss) and 1 sack. As a freshman he played in nine games and made one tackle.


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4½ in 308 lb 5.11 s 1.80 s 2.99 s 4.82 s 7.65 s 29 in 8 ft 7 in 33 reps
40-yard dash (and splits) and vertical from UNC Pro Day; others from NFL Combine

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Balmer was selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, 29th overall. He was originally drafted as a DT but was moved to DE due to the Niners 3-4 defensive scheme.

On December 9, 2009, Balmer was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The 49ers later signed Baraka Atkins to take over his position.

Seattle Seahawks

Balmer was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on August 16, 2010 in exchange for a sixth round pick in a future NFL Draft. He was waived on August 24, 2011.

Carolina Panthers

On August 25, Balmer was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers. However, he was waived on September 1.

Washington Redskins

Balmer signed with the Washington Redskins on November 8, 2011. On August 2, 2012, it was reported that he did not show up to training camp two days in a row and his agent has not replied to any inquiries as to Balmer's whereabouts.[1] It was assumed that, Balmer left the team after Redskins officials checked his hotel room and saw that all of Balmer's personal effects were gone.[2] Head coach Mike Shanahan announced that the team had finally made contact with Balmer on August 11, but did not explain the reason for his disappearance or his future with the Redskins.[3]

Nearly two years after he walked away from the team, the Redskins officially terminated his contract on May 30, 2014.[4]

NFL stats

2008 SF 16 7 6 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 SF 11 12 5 7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 SEA 16 43 28 15 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 43 62 39 23 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2


Personal life

Balmer went to Weldon High School in Weldon,North Carolina, where he played a variety of sports and which is where he decided to go back to and retired his jersey.

Balmer grew up rooting for the 49ers and his father, Charles Balmer, was a huge fan.[6]


  1. Jones, Mike (August 2, 2012). "Redskins training camp: Still no word on Kentwan Balmer's whereabouts". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  2. El-Bashir, Tarik (August 2, 2012). "Balmer 'decided to leave'". Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  3. Alper, Josh (August 12, 2012). "Redskins locate Kentwan Balmer". Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  4. Carroll, Chuck (June 2, 2014). "2 Years Later, Redskins Officially Cut Balmer". Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  5. "Kentwan Balmer Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  6. "Player Profile: Kentwan Balmer", San Francisco 49ers
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