Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 7/23/12

In advance of training camp, which begins in four days, the Panthers were wheeling and dealing on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the team traded a late-round conditional draft choice to the Raiders for receiver Louis Murphy.

The 25-year-old Murphy was on the roster bubble in Oakland, and looked to be the odd man out of a crowded WR corps. The Raiders did well acquiring a pick for him.

In Carolina, Murphy brings depth to a position where there isn’t much, and, assuming he makes the team, figures to provide a nice deep outlet for quarterback Cam Newton.

Later, a more notable move took place when it was reported that the Panthers had shipped right tackle Jeff Otah to the Jets in exchange for … you guessed it, an undisclosed late-round pick.

The No. 19 overall selection in the 2008 draft, Otah is an immensely talented player and equally massive individual — 6-foot-6, 330 pounds. However, he’s missed all but four games the past two seasons due to back and knee injuries, and some within the organization reportedly feel he stopped caring.

If the Jets feel he’s healed up — Otah expects to be a full go for camp — they’ve undeniably got a steal, and a sure-fire replacement for incumbent turnstile Wayne Hunter. It’s a low risk, high reward move for Gang Green.

Ultimately, the Panthers ended up trading Otah for Murphy, letting go of one concern while addressing another. Not a bad day at the office for the Cats’ brass.

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