- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

RENTON, WASH. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have released defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer.

The former first-round pick of the 49ers struggled to find a role that fit in Seattle’s defense. Balmer was acquired from the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick last August and appeared in all 16 games for Seattle in 2010. Balmer started 11 games between defensive tackle and defensive end for the Seahawks after injuries forced him into an increased role. He finished the year with a career-high 43 tackles.

In Balmer’s place, the Seahawks have re-signed running back Vai Taua, who had been released by the team on Monday.

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