In a not-so-shocking development, the Panthers terminated the contract of oft-injured RT Jeff Otah today after a failed attempt to trade him to the New York Jets fell through earlier this week when Otah failed his record-breaking 37th physical.
Ok, I may have made that number up, but you get the point. Otah couldn't stay healthy, or he didn't have the desire to get healthy. Whatever the case may be, he's no longer Ron Rivera's problem as the once-lauded tackle has been shown the door out of Carolina.
It's a true shame that so much talent will go to waste, as Otah was considered one of the best OT prospects in run protection when he entered the league back in 2008, and there is supporting evidence of that line of thinking when we consider that both Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams rushed for over 1000 yards each in 2009 when Otah was healthy for a full season.
But oh well, on to bigger and brighter things I suppose. To replace Otah on the roster, the Panthers have signed former Arizona (the college, not the NFL team) CB Nate Ness. More on Ness after the jump.
Nate Ness was recently a member of the St. Louis Rams organization where he apparently was cut or became a free agent sometime between the end of last season and about fifteen minutes ago when the Panthers brought him into camp. Apparently he's nothing more than a camp body because he's bounced around several teams* since 2009 and he's yet to record an NFL statistic.
It's interesting that the Panthers would bring this guy into camp when he doesn't really bring anything to the table. Perhaps this is a motivational tool from Ron Rivera to whip Brandon Hogan and Josh Norman into shape? Only time will tell.
* - Those several (read: six) teams: Cleveland, New York Jets, Seattle, Miami, Seattle, Miami, Washington, St. Louis. I have no idea why he went back and forth from Seattle to Miami twice. Seems like a long trip if you ask me.
If we get more information on the release of Otah or the signing of Ness you can rest assured that we will share it with you here at CSR, free of charge.