Like a doctor out of a horror film Marty Hurney is walking around the ward and pulling the plug on some of the Panthers failed experiments. Late this afternoon he executed the second trade of the day, one that he has been working on for a while that rid the team of oft-injured, oft-lacking RT Jeff Otah.
In exchange the Panthers will received an undisclosed draft pick, but you're kidding yourself if you think this will be little more than a late round pick with a possible escalator that could up it slightly. This was a move to rid the Panthers of the deadest form of weight, and now the young, motivated unit can move forward with the shelves stocked with players who want to play.
There's no point in mincing words: Otah is soft. He's the most lacking 6'6", 340 lb offensive tackle I've ever seen when it comes to desire, and that's a hard sell on a Ron Rivera led team. When he wanted to he could dominate as a run blocker, but most of the time he was just okay. The unplanned emergence of Byron Bell, who was shaky but serviceable in his first season, coupled with the earlier trade that brought Bruce Campbell to Carolina made Otah expendable, and just in time for training camp.
The Jets will hope they get another injured, demotivated Panther who turns it all around in the Big Apple much like Kris Jenkins did, but my money's on that not being the case here. Otah is not nearly as talented as Jenkins was, and he's coming off a spate of injuries.
Thus far it has been unmentioned, but due to the deal to bring Louis Murphy to Carolina, coupled with jettisoning Jeff Otah the Carolina Panthers have now freed up another $1 million in cap space. It's unlikely there's a grand plan, but it's clear Marty is still wheeling and dealing.