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.

18 responses to “Report: Bears pursued Otah before trade to Jets

  1. Big story in Jets camp:

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

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

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

  5. 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. 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. 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. *** 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. <<<
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    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!!!!!!

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

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