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Jets Won't Keep Jeff Otah After Failed Physical

The New York Jets acquired Jeff Otah from the Carolina Panthers last Monday but the trade won't be officially consummated after Otah failed a physical.

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Jeff Otah Trade Is Dead; Jets Won't Keep Him

Last week the New York Jets swung a trade with the Carolina Panthers for offensive tackle Jeff Otah. The move was made with the idea that Otah, if healthy, could replace Wayne Hunter at right tackle. A much, much needed upgrade.

The problem is that Otah can't stay healthy. He failed his initial physical with the Jets last week and on Tuesday Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports the Jets will not be keeping Otah. This trade, like most trades, was contingent on the player passing a physical by a certain date and it would appear Otah wasn't able to do that.

Assuming the trade never goes through, the Jets are going to be stuck with Hunter, who his one of the worst offensive tackles in the NFL. Tough situation for the Jets to go from replacing Hunter to now saying, "Wait a minute! You're our starter again!" I'll be curious if they make another move to upgrade that spot.

So for now Otah heads back to Carolina and don't be shocked if the Panthers just go ahead and release him.

Otah was solid starting 25 of a possible 32 games to start his career. Unfortunately, injuries have derailed him since then as he started just four games in the last two seasons.

For more on the New York Jets, visit Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York.


Jeff Otah Fails Jets Physical, Could Invalidate Panthers' Trade

After starting 25 of his first 32 career NFL games after the Carolina Panthers selected him in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft, Jeff Otah has played sparingly over the past two seasons. Given the offensive tackle's inability to stay on the field in Carolina, the Monday trade that moved Otah on to the New York Jets in exchange for a draft pick looked like a good deal for both player and former team.

But Otah failed his first physical with the Jets, and Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt says that the Panthers may end up with Otah again if he can't pass another one in a week:

But a league source told PFT the trade was contingent on Otah passing his physical with the Jets in the next seven days, or else he goes back to Carolina.

Otah has missed time in all four of his seasons in the NFL, has played just four games since 2009, missed the entire 2010 season with a lingering knee injury and has missed 32 of 64 regular-season contests as a Panther overall. The Panthers are unlikely to keep him if this trade ends up falling through.

For more on the Jets, check out Gang Green Nation. For more on the Panthers, head over to Cat Scratch Reader.

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