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Hotel room empty, Kentwan Balmer “decided to leave”

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It’s still not known where Redskins defensive end Kentwan Balmer is.  It’s definitely known where he isn’t.

According to Tarik El-Bashir of, the team found Balmer’s hotel room empty, but for a Redskins sweatshirt.  (And, presumably, the stuff that already was there, such as bed, sink, and toilet.)

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said that Balmer simply “decided to leave.”

It’s the second time in five training camps that Balmer has gone AWOL.  The 2008 first-rounder left Niners camp in 2010.  He eventually was traded to the Seahawks.

Balmer is due to earn $700,000 this year, the final year of his contract with the Redskins.  He appeared in three games last season for the Redskins, a year after getting 11 starts and playing in 16 games for the Seahawks.

The Redskins can send him a “five-day letter,” which allows the team to put him on the season-ending reserve/left camp list if he doesn’t return in (you guessed it) five days.  Or they can just cut him.

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10 Responses to “Hotel room empty, Kentwan Balmer “decided to leave””
  1. bubba9er says: Aug 2, 2012 7:04 PM

    Good talent, bad choices.

  2. dcalifornian says: Aug 2, 2012 8:58 PM

    Good talent? He had one good year in college. Good luck selling insurance, Kentwan…at least you never got any concussions.

  3. greyhawk9 says: Aug 2, 2012 9:00 PM

    at least he handled it like a man

  4. btizzy1978 says: Aug 2, 2012 10:23 PM

    some other dumb ass team will pick him up. let the lazy ass get a job with the BMV with all the other lazy asses

  5. bosco1864 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:02 PM

    Really? Cut the loser

  6. pop562 says: Aug 3, 2012 1:30 AM

    He doesn’t deserve to be in the NFL, the niners wasted a draft pick on this guy.

  7. defscottyb says: Aug 3, 2012 3:04 AM

    Think I read he was a first round pick a few years ago. Just goes to show you no matter how much talent you have, if your uncoachable doesn’t matter. If its depression or something that’s another story but they should get to the bottom of it. If its just a case of him saying “forget this” than see you later and good luck flipping burgers.

  8. deepsleeperpodcast says: Aug 3, 2012 3:38 AM

    Maybe he’s not lazy, and just has mental issues? You guys seem to be jumping to conclusions when we don’t know the full story.

  9. grannyvi4 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:49 AM

    Obviously he’s lost interest and no longer wants to be there. Grant him his wish and kick him to the curb.

  10. bigdogs36 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:14 PM

    Sounds like a Albert Haynesworth follower!!

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