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Report: Bears pursued Otah before trade to Jets

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The Jets weren’t the only NFL team in pursuit of oft-injured, underachieving offensive tackle Jeff Otah before his Monday trade to New York.

A league source told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that the Bears had “talks with the Panthers” about acquiring the fifth-year tackle. Otah wound up costing the Jets only a conditional seventh-round pick. It’s possible the Panthers chose shipping Otah to the Jets over the Bears because they preferred getting him out of the conference.

The Bears’ interest in Otah hints at a couple of things. Chicago is interested in upgrading its offensive line. It also sounds like a potential landing spot should Otah (knee, back) continue to fail his Jets physicals. The trade can be reversed if Otah isn’t medically cleared by this Monday.

So if Otah doesn’t wind up sticking with the Jets, his next home could be the Windy City.

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18 Responses to “Report: Bears pursued Otah before trade to Jets”
  1. backindasaddle says: Jul 28, 2012 6:30 PM

    Big story in Jets camp:

    ‘Wayne Down The Dwain’ ???…. or…. ‘Otah Got No Motah’ ???

  2. hedleykow says: Jul 28, 2012 6:41 PM

    Sounds like backwash, like someone else’s pee splashing on you from the bar’s parking lot.

  3. chi01town says: Jul 28, 2012 8:20 PM

    I belive Oath is failing these test in New York on perpose. Now I understand why…. He Dont want that trade to go threw with the Jets. Oath is planning to go to Chicago an his agent is already talking to Emery

  4. 61bigdaddy61 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:01 PM

    Rivera didn’t do the trade with Chicago because Lovie kicked him to to curb after the Bears went to the Super Bowl.

  5. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jul 28, 2012 10:12 PM

    it really doesn’t matter where otah ends up at this point in his career. they would trade him for a cup of coffee.

    he is either not self-motivated or no longer has his heart in it, or doesn’t care about the money, or all of the above.

    the dude was a talented, scary player for awhile there though.

  6. mjkelly77 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:21 PM

    Report: Bears pursued Otah before trade to Jets
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    They’d better pursue someone. Their offensive line is the absolute worst. I can understand how Cutler can get scared and ask to be taken out of a game.

  7. mjkelly77 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:28 PM

    chi01town says:Jul 28, 2012 8:20 PM

    I belive Oath is failing these test in New York on perpose. Now I understand why…. He Dont want that trade to go threw with the Jets. Oath is planning to go to Chicago an his agent is already talking to Emery
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    You think any respectable offensive lineman wants to got to Chicago and play on that revolving turnstile of a line? Hahahahaha!

  8. staffordsyear says: Jul 28, 2012 11:17 PM

    This just shows how truly awful that oline is.

  9. lilmiddle78 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:42 PM

    *** mjkelly77 ***

    >>> They’d better pursue someone. Their offensive line is the absolute worst. I can understand how Cutler can get scared and ask to be taken out of a game. <<<
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Your comment only confirms the suspicion that you don't actually watch Bears games but only listen to tired old takes & opinions from the first 5 games of each of the last two years!! The Bears players along their o-line have not been the problem, Mike Martz was the problem!! And once Martz was forced to hand over the blocking scheme to Mike Tice after week 5 the last two seasons, the Bears blocking issues went away in a hurry!! Mike Martz is gone now and Mike Tice has the reigns from the get go this time around!! The Bears o-line consists of two 1st rounders, two 2nd rounders and a proven veteran who will likely make a pro bowl in the coming years!!

    Watch a few Bears games from the middle of 2011 or 2010 & tell me that you see a weak unit!! You'd be lying!!! And now Carimi is back healthy on top of that!!

    Bears win two rings in the next four years!!!!!!

  10. chi01town says: Jul 29, 2012 12:25 AM

    Emery has continued to corner the market for all good players… Be afraid MJKELLY… an hes not looking for free agents.. Hes taking good players right off the rosters of other teams an bringing them to Chicago. an they wanna play for the Bears

  11. mwcarolina says: Jul 29, 2012 12:25 AM

    They’d better pursue someone. Their offensive line is the absolute worst. I can understand how Cutler can get scared and ask to be taken out of a game.
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    it wont matter if Otah goes to New York, Chicago or even Washington. if he cant stay healthy, he’s not worth it and history hasnt been on his side. he misses over half the games his team plays.

  12. purpleguy says: Jul 29, 2012 1:45 AM

    I suspect Bryant McKinnie will be available soon for the Bears — he ought to fit right in with that O-line.

  13. Soulman45 says: Jul 29, 2012 2:03 AM

    And the talking head say the Bears will finish ahead of
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS
    4-14 pick in the top 5 the Cubbies.

  14. Soulman45 says: Jul 29, 2012 2:04 AM

    That should have been 12-4.

  15. Soulman45 says: Jul 29, 2012 2:05 AM

    That should have been 4-12

  16. dd393 says: Jul 29, 2012 11:57 AM

    You’re not going to build an effective offensive line by picking up injury prone retreads.

  17. jgedgar70 says: Jul 31, 2012 1:33 PM

    Well, come get him now. Most of us in Carolina would be happy to see him go. Just give us a big deep-dish pizza in return. Then when he fails his physical with the Bears, we’ll send you a load of Carolina barbeque when you ship him back.

  18. sowcrates says: Aug 6, 2012 8:13 AM

    So Chicago wanted a high potential guy to be their #4 tackle behind Webb, Williams and Carimi. Nothing to get worked up about.

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