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Panthers cut Jeff Otah

Jeff Otah AP

The writing was on the wall when the Panthers traded tackle Jeff Otah to the Jets in exchange for a conditional draft pick and then had to take him back when he failed two physicals, but it was made official on Thursday afternoon.

Carolina announced that they have terminates Otah’s contract, ending the Panthers tenure of the 19th overall pick of the 2008 Draft. No one ever doubted Otah’s ability to play right tackle at a high level when he was healthy, but the problem was that he was never able to stay healthy. He missed all of the 2010 season and played just four games last year because of back and knee issues.

His commitment to the game also came under question in Carolina, which made it impossible to think that the Panthers would hold onto him after the Jets trade fell through. All of those red flags would seem to make it hard for Otah to find a place to continue his career, but there will likely be interested parties around the league.

Run blocking ability like Otah flashed in his first two seasons doesn’t grow on trees, so there will likely be teams willing to give Otah a chance down the road. He’ll need to pass a physical to make that happen, though, and there’s no reason to believe he’s close to doing that at this point.

The Panthers signed cornerback Nate Ness, who has played eight games for three different teams over the last three seasons, to take Otah’s spot on the roster.

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13 Responses to “Panthers cut Jeff Otah”
  1. kingbeason52 says: Aug 2, 2012 3:03 PM

    Even though offensive tackles are important..we need all the cornerback competiton we can get..

  2. bigjdve says: Aug 2, 2012 3:03 PM

    People haven’t stated why he didn’t pass the physical. It might be interesting to see if the Jets sign him anyway.

  3. chitownbullet says: Aug 2, 2012 3:26 PM

    What if the Bears signed him and when the time came put him on the PUP list and rehab the guy the right way. Like price he’s not ready now but in 6 weeks maybe and next season for sure.

  4. dryzzt23 says: Aug 2, 2012 3:31 PM

    I’d like to see the Steelers sign him and plan to have him ready for the ’14 campaign

  5. jgarrett247 says: Aug 2, 2012 3:45 PM

    I hear the Eagles are looking to replace an oft-injured tackle, any ideas? Not to mention he’s a local boy.

  6. rc33 says: Aug 2, 2012 4:10 PM

    Based on that photo, how did he not pass the Jets physical?

  7. shorttracknews says: Aug 2, 2012 4:11 PM

    Chicago tried getting him before the trade to New York. I could see the Bears bringing him in to kick the tires

  8. cluelessdufus says: Aug 2, 2012 4:20 PM

    Otah is solid but by his contract it was smart to cut or at least trade him the vikings could use him for Rt. Loadholt isn’t getting better mabey move him to RG

  9. norvturnersneck says: Aug 2, 2012 4:27 PM

    Pick him up Chargers. He seems like your type. Washed up, out of shape and unwanted around the league.

  10. thetruthalwaysprevails says: Aug 2, 2012 5:17 PM

    No Drive- No Commitment……DONE!

  11. jgedgar70 says: Aug 2, 2012 6:00 PM

    Whatever city he signs in – lock the doors to the all-you-can-eat buffets. This guy is happy just being able to tell the club bouncer, “I play in the NFL, so let me cut in line.”

  12. allinskins says: Aug 2, 2012 9:59 PM

    Redskins please bring this guy in a kick the tires. I know we already have a MASH unit across our Oline but we are in need of RT help.

  13. richbigpoppa says: Aug 3, 2012 2:45 PM

    I love how every fan thinks that a guy that hasn’t seen the field in nearly 2 years despite all the professional rehab is going to magically recover and contribute on a new team. He has failed 3 physicals in the past 3 weeks after nearly a year rehabbing a sore knee.

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