Niners shopping Kentwan Balmer

We’ve confirmed by the San Francisco 49ers have placed AWOL defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer on the trading block.

The news was first reported by Jason La Canfora of NFL Network and then by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.  (See how easy it is, folks, to add a line when someone else has already reported something that you’re also able to report?)

The team excused Balmer’s absence last Monday and Tuesday.  He was due to return on Wednesday, but he failed to show up.  A five-day letter reportedly was sent on Wednesday, which means that if Balmer doesn’t show up on Monday the team can, if it so chooses, place him on the season-ending reserve/left squad list.

Though his value surely is low right now, he was a first-round draft pick only two years ago.