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July 24, 2008
Balmer agrees to deal

He hasn't quite signed on the dotted line, but first-round draft pick Kentwan Balmer has agreed to a five-year-deal with the 49ers. That means each of the 49ers' six draft picks will be on the field for their first training-camp practice tomorrow. According to ESPN, the deal is for $11.5 million and includes $6 million in guaranteed money.

Balmer, who has been playing left defensive end in the 49ers' 3-4 scheme, impressed coaches and teammates with his work ethic in spring drills. The real test, however, comes this week when the 49ers will put on the pads in engage in their first full-contact drills of the offseason. Balmer likely will go against Jonas Jennings and/or Barry Sims in practice, two players with plenty of NFL experience.

Most of the players selected in first round have yet to sign contracts. The 49ers' chief negotiator, Paraag Marathe, began the negotiation process early, and for the fifth straight season, the 49ers will not have any rookie holdouts on the opening day of camp.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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