Panthers release T Jeff Otah; he doesn't know when he'll be ready
After a trade between the Panthers and the Jets was voided because oft-injured tackle Jeff Otah failed a physical, the Panthers have released him.
|Otah simply hasn’t overcome his injuries. (US Presswire)|
The last week has been a crazy, and solely unsatisfying week for tackle Jeff Otah. First, he was traded to the Jets for a seventh-round conditional draft pick, and then, he failed his physical and it was revealed that if he didn’t pass within a week of the trade, the swap would be voided.
And now, sigh, we have this.
The— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 2, 2012
#Panthers have terminated the contract of T Jeff Otah.
The move isn’t a surprise, of course. The Panthers seemingly were doing whatever they could to rid themselves of the former first-round pick that’s only played four games in the past two years because of injuries. Clearly, he can’t pass an NFL physical right now (he failed again with the Panthers after he was returned) and though Carolina tried to get anything it could for him, even a swap for a seventh-round conditional pick isn’t going to happen at this point.
"Anytime you let go of a player as talented as Jeff is, it's a tough decision,” general manager Marty Hurney told reporters, including the AP. “After he came back and talking to him, he just doesn't feel like he's got over the injuries of the past two seasons and doesn't know when he'll be ready."
So, the Panthers will move on, and Otah’s career, to put it nicely, is in major jeopardy at this point. But hey, some good news for Otah.
NFL agents & partners Neil Schwartz & Jonathan Feinsod have signed Carolina Panthers OT Jeff Otah. Formerly repped by LMM agency.— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) August 2, 2012
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