The Panthers are making moves Monday, executing a pair of trades.
But while adding wide receiver Louis Murphy was a small move, the next one was huge.
The Panthers officially pulled the plug on former first-rounder Jeff Otah, sending him to the New York Jets in exchange for what the Jets termed “an undisclosed conditional draft choice.”
Otah was a massive talent, but has only played four games the last two seasons as he battled injury and conditioning issues. Many within the Panthers organization thought it was a lack of toughness, more than anything. They’ll move forward with former undrafted rookie Byron Bell at right tackle. Bell played acceptably well last year, subbing for Otah.
For the Jets, they get a guy with a chance to be an upgrade over Wayne Hunter at right tackle.
But as the Panthers will tell you, assuming anything from Otah at this point might be a mistake.