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Jeff Otah Fails Physical; Trade on Hold with New York Jets

Will Jeff Otah be returning to Carolina?
Will Jeff Otah be returning to Carolina?Handout/Getty Images
Charles EdwardsContributor IJuly 25, 2012

What looked like to be a simple trade between the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets may turn out to not be so simple.  Earlier today, it was reported Jeff Otah failed his physical with the Jets putting the trade between the two teams on hold, according to ESPN New York.

Carolina decided to cut the oft-injured right tackle and go with the youngster Byron Bell or the seasoned veteran Bruce Campbell.  After missing 31 of the past 35 games, the Panthers decided to take a different direction and part ways with Otah.  If the trade goes through, the Panthers are to receive a conditional seventh-round pick.

The deal looked to be a decent one for New York who needed help on their line and were hoping that Otah would have the same kind of success former Panther Kris Jenkins did a few years ago. The Jets are set to begin training camp on Thursday but whether or not Otah is with them remains to be seen.  It could be a possibility Otah may return to Spartanburg and report to camp at with the Panthers but nothing will be certain for another couple of days.

If he does return to the Panthers, Marty Hurney and Ron Rivera have some decisions on what to do with talented, but injury-plagued lineman.  Hopefully, this will not be a major set back and the trade can proceed as planned.

If the trade is nixed, what do you think the Panthers should do?

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