Hold On: Trade for Otah Doesn’t Guarantee the End for Wayne Hunter

Aug, 13, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jeff Otah (79) on the sidelines in the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Don’t get too excited yet, Jets fans.

As reported earlier by the one and only JETSerious, the Jets traded a conditional 7th round draft pick to the Panthers today in return for tackle Jeff Otah.

The good news is that he is only 26 years old, is 6’6″ 340 pounds. Otah is a former first round pick of the Panthers and was a starter in 2008 and 2009.

He will compete with Wayne Hunter for the starting job. But, the Jets don’t have any plans to release Hunter yet, as Otah has injury concerns. Specifically, he only played 4 games over the last 2 years due to injury.

This is a good sign, as there will be an open competition, and you have to think it’s realistic that Otah can beat out Hunter. Just don’t sign his ticket out of town yet.

But we can hope.

Topics: Alan Schechter, Jeff Otah, Jets Trade, Jets Trade For Jeff Otah, NY Jets, Trade With Panthers, Wayne Hunter

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