There was a lot of optimism when the New York Jets agreed to trade a conditional draft pick to the Carolina Panthers for offensive tackle Jeff Otah, a talented player plagued by injuries. The acquisition of an extremely talented player at a position of need for a small price seemed to be a no-brainer. Jeff Otah was expected to compete with Wayne Hunter for the right tackle spot, and if healthy, be favored to win that battle. Then the Jets were hopeful he could pass a physical. Now, it has been reported that the Jets will not keep Jeff Otah.
The New York Jets have decided not to keep Jeff Otah, as reported by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The Jets were hopeful that he could pass a physical but even if he did, there still would have been concerns about his ability to contribute to the team. Having confidence in Jeff Otah to play a full regular season schedule in the trenches when he can't pass a physical and has a history riddled with injuries would be quite a leap of faith.
"Yeah, I feel like I can pass it."
Not exactly sounding overly confident, and it turns out that Jeff Otah did not pass the physical. The Jets are back to their original starting point, with the likes of Wayne Hunter, Vlad Ducasse and Austin Howard competing for the starting job at right tackle. The options available to bring in are pretty limited.
The only other name that has real viability at this point is free agent right tackle Vernon Carey. Vernon Carey has played for the Miami Dolphins for his entire career, from the time he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft through last season. Now a free agent, there is some familiarity with Tony Sparano and Dave DeGuglielmo.
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