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According to Pro Football Weekly, the Panthers are running out of patience with RT Jeff Otah (knee).

Otah is owed $2.35 million in the final year of his rookie contract, and is coming off knee surgeries in the past two seasons. Per PFW's Dan Parr, there are "sources inside the organization" that aren't overly optimistic about his chances of returning to full health. Otah is expected to report for training camp, and will compete with Byron Bell for the starting right tackle job.

Edited by Lil Bit Special

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otah on crutches > wayne hunter at full strength

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for a conditional pick this is a good trade. hopefully he stays healthy, but i just dont see it happening.

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Here is the press release from the NY Jets:

Jets Acquire T Jeff Otah from Panthers

July 23, 2012 – The New York Jets have acquired T Jeff Otah in a trade with the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed conditional draft choice. The announcement was made by General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Otah (T/6-6/340/Pittsburgh/New Castle, DE) initially entered the NFL as a first-round selection (19th overall) of the Panthers in 2008. In four seasons with Carolina, Otah started all 29 games that he played. Last season, he started four of the first five games before he was inactive at Atlanta (10/16/11) and placed on injured reserve with a knee injury (10/19/11). In his first two seasons, Otah started 25 of a possible 32 games at right tackle, helping the Panthers establish team-highs in rushing yards both seasons. In 2009, he blocked for running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart as the pair became the first set of teammates in NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in the same season.

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No sh*t. Certainly did not see that coming. Tough not to be happy about it considering it's a conditional pick. Worst case scenario it's a young player with a lot of upside (although obviously some health issues). If nothing else, at least the Jets are clearly putting some serious effort into bringing some real competition at OT this offseason. Whether it works out remains to be seen, but you've got to think they're helping their odds.

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Yo I know nothing about this guy except that he was supposed to be a road grader coming out. Anyone know anything about his injury and/or actual ability to play right tackle?

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Also, does this mean they killed or fired the guy who was swearing that Wayne Hunter would only be replaced over his dead body?

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Here is the press release from the NY Jets:

Jets Acquire T Jeff Otah from Panthers

July 23, 2012 – The New York Jets have acquired T Jeff Otah in a trade with the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed conditional draft choice. The announcement was made by General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Otah (T/6-6/340/Pittsburgh/New Castle, DE) initially entered the NFL as a first-round selection (19th overall) of the Panthers in 2008. In four seasons with Carolina, Otah started all 29 games that he played. Last season, he started four of the first five games before he was inactive at Atlanta (10/16/11) and placed on injured reserve with a knee injury (10/19/11). In his first two seasons, Otah started 25 of a possible 32 games at right tackle, helping the Panthers establish team-highs in rushing yards both seasons. In 2009, he blocked for running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart as the pair became the first set of teammates in NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in the same season.

we're getting press releases now?? soon enough they'll let you ask mike tannenbaum questions at a social breakfast gathering.

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At this point I'd rather have a tackling dummy starting over Hunter.

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Move is a no brainer but holy sh*t this team cannot draft.

Edited by Matt39
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Move is a no brainer but holy sh*t this team cannot draft.

Hater. I got three words for you... "REVIS", "MANGOLD", and "SANCHEZ".

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Hater. I got three words for you... "REVIS", "MANGOLD", and "SANCHEZ".

team is overly reliant on FA's and trades...

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Move is a no brainer but holy sh*t this team cannot draft.

Dude. You think it's easy to draft a right tackle?

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Good move bring in someone that can upgrade the offensive line and is young. Hunter goes back to useful backup. That is the ideal scenerio have to see what actually happens

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Wow. I like this gamble quite a bit. Good talent and pushes Hunter further out.

Good day for the Cubs and Jets...well not officially for the Cubs just yet.

Edited by SenorGato

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Darin Gantt

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If the Jets doctors have a cure for soft, they have a steal. A lot of folks in the Panthers organization wondered if Otah cared anymore.

I don't really know Otah's story. Maybe one of our Carolina posters have the info?

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Love the trade.

Otah reminds me of another similarly-named football player who also went through a knee injury.

johnny-utah.jpg?w=576

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Wasn't this guy pretty good not to long ago?

Eff u Wayne Hunter!

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Well the Jets cured what ailed Buffalo's DE bust...maybe we can make him reclamation project #2.

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I don't really know Otah's story. Maybe one of our Carolina posters have the info?

Yeah, word is he's checked out. Still like the risk reward though. If he just needs a change of scenery and fire under his ass, I think he found the right place.

When healthy, the guy is a mauler.

Though, I think they said similar things about Big Jenk over there too...

Edited by JiF

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