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Report: 49ers will go after Kentwan Balmer's bonus

With 49ers defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer still AWOL from the team, the team apparently will begin to play hardball with the 2008 first-round draft pick.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that the 49ers will attempt to recover at least $960,000 from Balmer.

The 49ers would not comment on the matter, other than to say that they’re following “standard NFL procedure” for dealing with a player who has left the team.  But since these situations are hardly “standard,” there really isn’t a “standard procedure” for addressing them.

One tool that the team may or may not use is the “five-day letter.”  As we’ve recently explained, sending such a letter would allow the team to park Balmer on the season-ending reserve/left squad list if he doesn’t show up within five days after the letter is sent.  Though it would toll his contract for a full year, the 49ers would have to be prepared to move forward without Balmer in 2010.

Though few first-round picks receive traditional signing bonuses due to the niceties of the rookie salary pool, Balmer reportedly pocketed $1.6 million up front on a five-year deal.  Under the 2006 CBA, the Niners initially would be limited to recovering 25 percent of the 2010 signing bonus allocation of $320,000, which our calculator tells us is $80,000.  If he retires, they can get the remaining 60 percent of the unallocated signing bonus money for the three years left on the deal, which equates to $960,000.

So if the 49ers are seeking $960,000, there’s a chance that they have been informed that Balmer never is coming back.

Balmer also is subject to fines of more than $16,000 per day for each day of his unexcused absence.

The reason for the absence remains a mystery.  After initially receiving two days off to attend to a personal matter, Balmer didn’t return.  Tracked down at his house in Santa Clara, Balmer told the San Jose Mercury News that he’ll be returning, and that the situation is being overblown.

One source with general knowledge of the situation speculates that Balmer’s girlfriend recently gave birth, given that she was seven months pregnant roughly two months ago.  (We didn’t need a calculator for that one.)  But if that’s the only reason for his absence, why wouldn’t the team or Balmer simply say so?

Regardless of how it all plays out, it’s a weird situation.  And it likely would be a much bigger story if the 49ers were this year’s featured team on Hard Knocks.

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23 Responses to “Report: 49ers will go after Kentwan Balmer's bonus”
  1. hazi59 says: Aug 13, 2010 10:51 AM

    Balmer’s size fooled everyone into thinking he could play in the 3-4 at end. Unfortunately for the 49ers, Kentwan Balmer is a pure 4-3 “3 technique” B gap Defensive Tackle. Singeltary & Company should trade him to a team needing a 4-3 DT while they can before his trade value plummets any further.

  2. mr_snrub says: Aug 13, 2010 11:13 AM

    If the 49ers had listened to me they would have known this guy had bust written all over him.

  3. sergep says: Aug 13, 2010 11:26 AM

    I wonder if Mike will talk to him about this with his pants off??

  4. Laffing Stock says: Aug 13, 2010 11:31 AM

    Yet another first round bust for this God awful franchise. Look at their drafting history in the first round over the past 15 years — absolutely attrocious. No wonder they’ve been mired in mediocrity for a decade.
    If it wasn’t for the fact that they play in the worst division in the history in football, this team would still be nowhere near the playoffs.

  5. jj jones says: Aug 13, 2010 11:32 AM

    “mr_snrub says:
    August 13, 2010 11:13 AM
    If the 49ers had listened to me they would have known this guy had bust written all over him.”
    What were they thinking?

  6. Marvin49 says: Aug 13, 2010 11:50 AM

    @Laffing Stock
    Under the Donahue era I’d agree, but when Nolan took over and hired McGloughan..its a different story.
    People always like to trash the Alex Smith and Balmer picks, but Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Joe Staley, and Manny Lawson (tho more as a coverage LB than a pass-rusher) are looking pretty good right now and the two first rounders from this year (Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati) will both start.

  7. NinerDynasty says: Aug 13, 2010 12:01 PM

    another dumb pick out of so many by mr mcclueless . i was soo furious when i saw the niners pick this dummy with soo many players with good value still available on that spot. grrr… lets move on!

  8. City_Native says: Aug 13, 2010 12:05 PM

    @ Laffingstock
    I know your just trying to come on a 49ers post and get everyone all riled up…so we excuse you. We are not mad at you.
    Football, like life, is cyclical my friend. The Niner Empire enjoyed the best 16 years in NFL history. The franchise will return one day. Unless you root for the Steelers or Cowboys, no one can talk on our level.
    Have a great day.
    Go Niners!

  9. jram says: Aug 13, 2010 12:19 PM

    Well said City_Native.

  10. Mangy66 says: Aug 13, 2010 12:37 PM

    hazi59 says:
    August 13, 2010 10:51 AM
    Balmer’s size fooled everyone into thinking he could play in the 3-4 at end. Unfortunately for the 49ers, Kentwan Balmer is a pure 4-3 “3 technique” B gap Defensive Tackle. Singeltary & Company should trade him to a team needing a 4-3 DT while they can before his trade value plummets any further.
    —————————
    Was about to say the same thing before I read this. In complete agreement.
    If a 4-3 team is smart, they can pay a bargain-basement price and pick up a DT that still has potential.
    The Colts would be a GREAT fit.

  11. BC says: Aug 13, 2010 12:40 PM

    Um… City_Native…. what about New England?

  12. sergep says: Aug 13, 2010 12:45 PM

    @ Laffing Stock,
    I think the NFC west has been the only Division to have every team in SB with in the last 15 years, the only division to have 2 team in the SB with in the last 5 years, so weak division argument makes you look dumber then Barack Obama.

  13. SF Saints Fan says: Aug 13, 2010 12:53 PM

    I cannot believe somebody is trashing the Niners franchise on this board……, well then again some of what I read here makes no sense. The Niners are one of the elite franchises in NFL history. Teams with only one Super Bowl win, like my team the Saints, are trying to get to that level of long term success. Many teams have never even won a Super Bowl and some of their fans cry the loudest, for good reason.
    Go Niners! Win every game this year, except lose on September 20, 2010.

  14. Jack Acid says: Aug 13, 2010 1:01 PM

    @Laffing Stock
    Your username serves you well.
    Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Joe Staley, Michael Crabtree, and now the best Guard prospect in 10+ years….what horrible first rounds picks!

  15. Marvin49 says: Aug 13, 2010 1:04 PM

    @BC
    Not yet.
    The Cowboys and Steelers were mentioned because they are the only other teams in the NFL with at least 5 Lombardi Trophies. The Steelers actually have 6.
    The Pats still only have 3.

  16. City_Native says: Aug 13, 2010 1:10 PM

    @ JRam
    Thanks man.
    @ BC
    What about New England?

  17. Mangy66 says: Aug 13, 2010 1:26 PM

    SF Saints Fan says:
    August 13, 2010 12:53 PM
    I cannot believe somebody is trashing the Niners franchise on this board……, well then again some of what I read here makes no sense. The Niners are one of the elite franchises in NFL history. Teams with only one Super Bowl win, like my team the Saints, are trying to get to that level of long term success. Many teams have never even won a Super Bowl and some of their fans cry the loudest, for good reason.
    Go Niners! Win every game this year, except lose on September 20, 2010.
    ——————————————
    Perfect Example….Eagles Fans

  18. thats_what_she_said says: Aug 13, 2010 1:33 PM

    What team does “Laffing Stock” support??
    Regardless, I hope this Balmer situation clears up soon. He must have his reasons, because why would anyone with the privilege to play on such a dynamic defense for a H.O.F, passionate coach, along side the best LB in the game – opt to stay home? Whatever his reasoning, I hope he can resolve it – as far as the franchise is concerned – they seem to have moved on…

  19. DarthPirate says: Aug 13, 2010 1:56 PM

    It’s not like he’s any good in their system anyway.

  20. NinerDynasty says: Aug 13, 2010 1:56 PM

    8 years that the pats have enjoyed some success is not nearly the 16-20 years had. come back and talk to us in another 8 years and win 2 more superbowls and we’ll put the pats in that category.

  21. Stone says: Aug 13, 2010 2:33 PM

    Maybe (God forbid) the baby was stillborn or something terrible like that and the guy is dealing with his wife’s grief. I mean, why else wouldn’t they mention what the issue is? Although, for him to call it “overblown” tells me that its not a situation of the tragic sort.

  22. StevieMo says: Aug 13, 2010 3:47 PM

    Niners haven’t had a winning season in 7 years and their fans act like they’re still a proud franchise.
    Their owners are complete idiots.

  23. granadafan says: Aug 13, 2010 5:59 PM

    “Stone says:
    August 13, 2010 2:33 PM
    Maybe (God forbid) the baby was stillborn or something terrible like that and the guy is dealing with his wife’s grief. I mean, why else wouldn’t they mention what the issue is? ”
    Jeezuz, what’s the speculation? IF your wild conspiracy theory was true, then the Niners would have been a lot more understanding. Think before you post.

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