SEATTLE- According to the Sacramento Bee the San Francisco 49ers have traded 2008 first-round pick Kentwan Balmer to the Seatttle Seahawks in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2011.

Balmer, the 29th pick in the 2008 NFL draft was passed over by former Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell for defensive end Lawrence Jackson. At the time it was a shock because what Seattle needed at the time was more of a defensive tackle than a slow defensive end like Jackson.

There are a few interesting notes about Balmer being traded from San Francisco to a division rival in Seattle.

-Former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan drafted Balmer out of UNC when he was the general manager in 2008. Now McCloughan is a senior executive with the Seattle Seahawks so he knows all about Balmer.

Now the question becomes what will the Seahawks do with Balmer? Seattle is very thin on the defensive line and currently has Red Bryant at defensive end, a spot where Balmer fits perfectly as a five technique.

While Balmer hasn’t done well in the NFL so far he’s only 23-years-old so he’s still got a lot of talent and potential to turn his career around. Coming into Carroll’s compete philosophy might be exactly what he needs.

Notes:

- Former Bills DE/LB Aaron Schobel retired today so he won’t be heading to Seattle.

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