In 2008, Kentwan Balmer was a first-round draft pick of the 49ers. He lasted two disappointing years in San Francisco before being traded to Seattle for a sixth-round pick. Then he lasted one disappointing year in Seattle before being released and picked up by the Panthers.
And now he’s lasted one week in Carolina.
The Panthers have cut Balmer, just a week after picking him up off waivers from the Seahawks. The decision to release Balmer before even putting him on the field for a preseason game suggests that whatever Balmer did in practice over the last week, it wasn’t impressive.
And so Balmer may have reached the end of the line in his NFL career. It sounds crazy to say that about a 24-year-old who’s a talented enough athlete that he was a first-round draft pick, but Balmer has already had three different teams give up on him. He might not get a fourth chance.