Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Jeff Otah back with Panthers -- for now
By Pat Yasinskas
The Carolina Panthers just announced their trade of offensive tackle Jeff Otah to the New York Jets has been voided.
The Panthers made the trade in exchange for a conditional draft pick last week, but Otah failed his initial physical with the Jets. He had a week to pass another physical, but wasn’t able to do that, so his rights revert to the Panthers.
But it’s unclear if Otah has any future with the team that used a first-round draft pick on him in 2008. Otah’s knee issues limited his playing time the past two seasons. Rookie Byron Bell took over his starting job at right tackle last season and performed well. The Panthers are planning on using Bell as their starter this year and they have solid depth behind him with Bruce Campbell and Garry Williams.
The Panthers may try to reach an injury settlement with Otah and release him.