The Panthers were awarded DT Kentwan Balmer off waivers on Thursday, just a day after the Seahawks released him.
Balmer, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 2008, has been a major disappointment during his time in the league. He played two seasons in San Francisco — recording only 19 tackles in 27 games — before being traded to the Seahawks last August. Last season he started 11 games for Seattle and registered 43 tackles but lost his spot in the lineup this summer.
He figures to line up at the three-technique in Carolina, competing with Corvey Irvin and Terrell McClain for playing time.
The way we see it
Claiming Balmer is a low-risk move for the Panthers in an attempt to create some depth along their defensive line. Balmer hasn't stuck with two other teams, and if his play doesn't improve quickly, few would be surprised if Carolina decided to part ways with him, as well.