Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/17/14

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 14: Jeff Otah #79 of the Carolina Panthers blocks against Adewale Ogunleye #93 of the Chicago Bears during the game at Bank of America Stadium on September 14, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
In what is proving to be a busy week for the Panthers, the team made a number of roster changes in preparation for training camp. Among them, the most notable and surprising move of the week was the trade that sent Offensive Tackle Jeff Otah to the New York Jets for an undisclosed conditional pick. However, after failing his physical and being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, Otah might be back with the team that just gave him up for almost nothing with only one year remaining on a rookie contract. Sadly, the Jeff Otah story is all too familiar in today’s NFL. Coming out of college, Otah was one of the top lineman prospects in his class, only held back by a knee injury that was widely considered to be minor. In fact, the Panthers were so unconcerned about his shaky knees that they traded up to select Otah with the 19th overall pick. The team saw a top level talent who filled a pressing need and decided to gamble on health. The gamble did not pay off. After ...
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