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July 26, 2012

Panthers not done with Otah yet

Was anyone – at least anyone in the Carolinas – really surprised when Jeff Otah failed his physical with the Jets?

Nothing has come easy when it comes to Otah, not even when the Panthers tried to dump him for a conditional, seventh-round pick.

Otah, the former first-round offensive tackle, has had troubles with his left knee since December 2009. It flared up again as recently as May after Otah participated in a couple days of OTAs.

So the Panthers knew it was a very real possibility that Otah would not pass his physical when they made the trade earlier this week. The Jets have a week to decide whether Otah's left knee can hold up under the weight of his 360-ish pounds.

If the doctors give Rex Ryan the thumbs-down, Otah becomes the Panthers' property again.

At which point, the Panthers would have four options:

--Keep him on the 90-man roster and hope – in what is a contract year for Otah – he somehow stays healthy and returns to his pre-injury form;

--Place him on the physically unable to perform list to buy (more) time for his knee to heal;

–Cut him;

--Or trade him to another team.

According to a league source, there were other teams interested in Otah when the Panthers let it be known he was available. Whether they would still be interested remains to be seen.

But a team desperate for help at tackle might at least have its medical staff take a look at him.

Otah had an MRI on the knee and visited renowned sports orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in May after developing swelling on the knee. According to the Panthers, Andrews told Otah the knee was structurally sound.

But again, anyone who has followed the Panthers the past three years should have known this was not going to be easy.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 26, 2012 at 02:11 PM | Permalink

Comments

Dammit!

Posted by: cppro | Jul 26, 2012 2:27:30 PM

Wonder what Tom Sorenson has to say about this... he wrote such a nice going away article on him the other day. Would love to see Otah and Sorenson in the same room after that one.

Posted by: Mike | Jul 26, 2012 2:29:06 PM

maybe this wakes him up!

Posted by: joe cool | Jul 26, 2012 2:45:30 PM

Me Hungry

Posted by: Otah | Jul 26, 2012 2:48:07 PM

Otah's got no M'Toah!!!

Posted by: English Professor CMS | Jul 26, 2012 2:53:34 PM

Unbelievable, almost outta here!

Posted by: Jtoom | Jul 26, 2012 2:54:51 PM

great pick Hurney. what a winner.

not as bad as Armanti though. if rounds beyond 7 existed, you still wouldn't be able to trade Edwards for anything.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Jul 26, 2012 2:57:48 PM

I here he failed the sprint test. You see they put a carrot out in front of him. If it had been a box of Twinkies, he could have run a sub 4 second 40yd.

Posted by: Ghoul | Jul 26, 2012 2:58:01 PM

Hey, stop making fun of Jeff! If you got too spend as much time as I do with him, you'd see he's a great guy!!! His hands are like a babies ass.

Posted by: Panther Trainer | Jul 26, 2012 3:13:42 PM

Part of the jinx Kalil put on us guaranteeing a SB!

Posted by: big daddy | Jul 26, 2012 3:14:40 PM

Trade him to another team or cut him. Don't let him hang around another second.

Posted by: LordWard | Jul 26, 2012 3:21:04 PM

Khalil did the right thing, think positive and positive things will happened.
Cut Armani and Otah if you cannot trade them.

Posted by: Ike | Jul 26, 2012 3:28:26 PM

Cut him... And move AE to DB

Posted by: Dom | Jul 26, 2012 3:35:08 PM

What about that WR pickup via the 7th we got for Otah. Was that undone too?

Posted by: Jason Witt | Jul 26, 2012 4:04:38 PM

Hey ghoul, which golden corral do you work for?

Posted by: Dar456 | Jul 26, 2012 4:18:06 PM

Fail

Posted by: Dar456 | Jul 26, 2012 4:23:59 PM

How are we in the position we are after trading a first for Otah, a first for Everett Brown, a second for Edwards, selecting Jarrett in the 2nd et al? Amazing. We definitely hit on Beason, Kalil, Newton, Stewart.

Posted by: usc88 | Jul 26, 2012 4:29:39 PM

Just like the rest of his ilk he wants to sit around on the couch watching Jerry Springer and get paid for doing nothing. Failed his physical. Scheeze.

Posted by: RonJeremyTheHedgeHog | Jul 26, 2012 4:32:47 PM

Jason, don't think that was the same deal. It was 2 seperate deals if I read it right. I think we traded our 7th and got back NY's 7th. So now we have Otah back and no 7th.
Not sure what the cap implications are keeping Otah, if it's going to be about the same of a cap hit to cut him or keep him, they might as well IR him and tell him not to come around. Maybe idiotic team would take a chance, Dallas comes to mind.

Posted by: DT | Jul 26, 2012 4:33:11 PM

Wow! The number of people with low - no football IQ's commenting on the picks. For the year he gave us, he was like a rock, since then he's been nothing but a PITA. As for AE, Fox never liked the pick, and didn't play him. You have to belive he would have been better, at QB than JC, espeially with our complete lack of an OL, WR, and running game in 2010. As it was, the lockout year did AE no favors, but in Camp last year he looked good. But with the addiditon of Legedu Naanee, who started over Brandon Lafell, and the increased roll of two TE who were the number 2 & 3 WR on the team, helped to move AE down the depth chart. Keep in mind, guys who looked good like Mike Goodson, with a 4 yrd/carry avg, was traded to the Raiders for Bruce Campbell. It all comes down to matchups, scheme and timing. When they drafted AE, they looked at him as another Julian Edleman or Kordell Stewart. Even with the short schedule, and prior to Cam Newtons breakout, Chud planned on having AE pass, and run read options, as well as other gimick plays. I think I would trust Chud over you for the assement of players.

Posted by: JC | Jul 26, 2012 4:34:05 PM

Wow! The number of people with low - no football IQ's commenting on the picks. For the year he gave us, he was like a rock, since then he's been nothing but a PITA. As for AE, Fox never liked the pick, and didn't play him. You have to belive he would have been better, at QB than JC, espeially with our complete lack of an OL, WR, and running game in 2010. As it was, the lockout year did AE no favors, but in Camp last year he looked good. But with the addiditon of Legedu Naanee, who started over Brandon Lafell, and the increased roll of two TE who were the number 2 & 3 WR on the team, helped to move AE down the depth chart. Keep in mind, guys who looked good like Mike Goodson, with a 4 yrd/carry avg, was traded to the Raiders for Bruce Campbell. It all comes down to matchups, scheme and timing. When they drafted AE, they looked at him as another Julian Edleman or Kordell Stewart. Even with the short schedule, and prior to Cam Newtons breakout, Chud planned on having AE pass, and run read options, as well as other gimick plays. I think I would trust Chud over you for the assement of players.

Posted by: JC | Jul 26, 2012 4:34:10 PM

What a shock. If he could've passed, we'd have probably not tried to trade him!

Posted by: John | Jul 26, 2012 6:42:28 PM

Many of you folks give Hurney both too much and too little credit.

Draft choices are all about giving opportunity to potential. What the player chooses to do with both is on him... not on the GM.

Posted by: John | Jul 26, 2012 6:46:23 PM

All the Hurney haters love to blast him for the picks that failed, but never credit him for the ones that succeed. Every GM misses on picks, EVERY GM. No GM gets it all right. It's not Hurney's fault that Otah is always hurt. If the Panthers had not drafted Otah in round one, you can bet someone else would have.

Posted by: Kenny | Jul 26, 2012 6:57:40 PM

Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is losing, because they might make a comeback and they could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team a 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jul 26, 2012 7:08:09 PM

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