The Jets have traded a conditional 7th-round pick to the Panthers for OT Jeff Otah. Jeff is listed at 6’6″ 330lbs and is a former number one draft pick in 2008.
Jets traded conditional 7th-round pick to Panthers for Jeff Otah. Panthers traded conditional 7th-round pick to Oakland for Louis Murphy.
7/23/12 6:58 PM
One reason Carolina was willing to trade talented OT Jeff Otah to the Jets was because he is entering the last year of his contract.
7/23/12 5:30 PM
Otah comes with his share of baggage, so he’s anything but a sure thing. He has played in only 29 games in four seasons, having missed 31 of the last 35 games because of injuries to his left knee. In fact, he tweaked the knee last month in an OTA, setting off alarm bells in Carolina.
My Take: Many Jets fans are just giddy over this pickup and I’m happy that the Jets are deciding to finally add some depth to their lineup, I’m not so sure Otah may be 100% healthy. If he passes his physical and makes it through camp, I’m sure he’ll be listed as the starter as he has way more talent than Wayne Hunter.
What concerns me is that in the last 35 games he missed 31! 31! That is a lot of missed playing time.
Let’s not write off Hunter so fast though. The man is coming into camp more determined than ever after last season, but if he does lose the starting job, he’s a good backup to have. He did well in the past in a platooning role, and I don’t have enough faith in Vlad Ducasse to step up to challenge either Otah or Hunter.
In fact, I think Ducasse is flirting with the bust label if he doesn’t get it together this year.
Fan Reaction (Panthers Fans)
I’m so glad the panthers traded Jeff otah. He was a wasted first round pick
7/23/12 8:34 PM
Ah, we finally got rid of Jeff Otah. We should have paid the Jets to take him.
7/23/12 8:30 PM