Jets Kept the Receipt: Jeff Otah Still a Panther
Addition by subtraction, and then addition because that’s the NFL rules. Jeff Otah, we barely had ye traded and on the way to New York to join the Jets before they figured out you were useless to them in your current condition.
It just sort of cracks me up that he was gone and now he’s back and everyone sort of shrugs, even within the organization, and says “Well, we’ll see what we can do with him.” I work in retail. This reminds me so much of a return. Like some useless item that we’ve had on the shelf for a long time that someone might be able to use in the right situation, but you think, “I wouldn’t buy it.” They take it, they bring it back. What are we going to do with it? Tape up the box, put it back on the shelf, hope for the best? Stick it in the bin to be returned to the manufacturer? Discount it further to hope to stick it with somebody else?
That’s where the Panthers are right now. I heard Darin Gant on Adam Gold and Joe Ovies show up here in Raleigh yesterday and he said he was expecting just about anything. The 3 options in my analogy: stick it on the shelf: keep him and try to get something out of him; return to manufacturer: cut him free and clear; discount it further and move to somebody else: hope for another trade partner.
The first step was getting Otah back to Charlotte and really evaluating him. He’s getting a physical. They’ll probably get him back to camp let him work out a little, because that’s all he’ll want to do and see where they’re at.
I think the Panthers have moved on. My assumption is that they’ll wait a week, see if there’s another trade partner and if there’s not, cut him. Sadly, that’s what it’s come down to. Jeff Otah, a prized first round pick, one of the few for the Panthers that haven’t worked out, is too big for his own joints and too useless for the Panthers roster.