Panthers sign DL Kentwan Balmer off waivers

Balmer will immediately help the Panthers DL (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora is reporting that while numerous teams placed a claim on former Seattle and San Francisco DT/DE Kentwan Balmer it was the Carolina Panthers who were awarded the young player based on last year's record.

Jason La Canfora
CAR awarded DL Kentwan Balmer on waivers. Multiple teams placed claims. SEA released Balmer Wednesday

Thankfully this adds a little more help on the line which has looked mediocre thus far, and was stretched when UFA signing Ron Edwards tore his triceps during training camp. Balmer (24) is definitely an intriguing player who was a legitimate 1st round draft pick in 2008, however he was never really able to adapt to San Francisco's 3-4 defense, but who improved greatly in Seattle's 4-3. We're not sure what happened to cause Seattle to cut him this year; regardless, this was an excellent chance to get a player with significant upside who could turn his career around with some more familiar scenery (Balmer is from Roanoke Rapids, NC). At 6'5", 315lbs it's unknown where Balmer will play for Carolina, but I intuit he'll at least get a shot to start next to Sione Fua at under tackle.

UPDATE: John Clayton confirms my suspicions the Panthers will try and turn Balmer into the under tackle

John Clayton
The Panthers, who have the top claim on the waiver wire, claimed former Seahawks DL Kentwan Balmer with plans of trying him at 3 technique DT

His career stats after the jump

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2010 Seattle Seahawks 16 11 43 28 15 0.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2009 San Francisco 49ers 11 0 12 5 7 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2008 San Francisco 49ers 16 0 7 6 1 0.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 62 39 23 0.0 0 2 0 0 -- 0 0 0

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