By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
In a stunning move, the Jets have traded for former Panthers’ offensive tackle Jeff Otah of the Carolina Panthers, according to the team’s twitter feed. The terms are for an undisclosed draft choice.
A former first-round pick by the Panthers in 2008, Otah has struggled to stay on the field. He has wound up on injured reserve in both 2010 and 2011, causing the Panthers to deem him more trouble that he was worth.
This move is particularly surprising because oh how definitely the Jets have defended the incumbent right tackle, Wayne Hunter. Besides, if they were going to make a move to find a replacement for Hunter, they would have done so earlier in the draft or in free agency.
The fact that they are making this move at this point in the offseason raises more questions than it answers. The Jets have not had a practice session in well over a month; what has happened in the recent weeks that caused the Jets to suddenly be on the hunt for a replacement for Hunter at right tackle.
Perhaps the Panthers were shopping Otah throughout the offseason and were simply asking too high of a price. Once the price dropped, the Jets may have saw it as a big opportunity to add a talented player at a position of need.
In any case, the fact that the Jets finally recognize the glaring issue at right tackle is a relief to Jets fans.
Here is a list of all the Jets Draft Picks in 2013.