The Carolina Panthers worked to find a home for Jeff Otah but his troubled left knee prevented him from passing a physical with the New York Jets.
Since the trade for a conditional seventh-round pick was rescinded and Otah returned to Carolina, the Panthers have made the decision to release the former first-round draft pick.
Otah was a fine right tackle when he was healthy but the Panthers just could not count on him as he missed 31 of the last 35 regular-season games. Obviously, the knee remains a major hurdle for him to find work. The Chicago Bears had talked with the Panthers about a trade before the deal with the Jets was made.
The Panthers announced that they have signed cornerback Nate Ness to take the place of Otah on the roster.
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