As our esteemed writer/editor David Wyatt mentioned earlier, the New York Jets have traded for Carolina Panther's right tackle Jeff Otah. Otah is 6'6", 340 pounds, and was formerly a first round pick out of Pittsburgh, like our very own Darrelle Revis.
The Jets have traded what seems to be, according to Jake Steinberg, a conditional 7th round pick for Otah. Depending on his playing time, this could elevate to a 6th round pick. Otah is, by all accounts, a road grader and, at a minimum, an average-to-above-average pass protector. He has absolutely elite level skills and potential, and is only 26 years old. For a 7th round pick, he is an absolute steal and can possibly be a top 5 right tackle. For a team predicated on the run, and with arguably the worst right tackle in the history of the National Football League, Otah is a perfect fit.
Sound like it's too good to be true? It is. Otah has never been healthy in his professional career, and seemingly lacks motivation to perform. He has only started in 29 career games since 2008, and has had a variety of knee and ankle injuries.
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By all accounts, Otah is very highly regarded when he's healthy and motivated, but, as I mentioned, that has rarely happened. However, he is now in the last year of his contract, and is getting a fresh start. Perhaps that may be enough, especially with a run-first team that will cater to his skills. Hopefully, the Jets top-notch medical squad, one of the best in the league, will be able to help him reduce the number of injuries he's had. Otah is reportedly a "soft" player, so perhaps the no-nonsense work of Tony Sparano and Dave DeGuglielmo can harden him and help him focus.
If the Jets are able to motivate and keep Otah, they've gotten an absolute steal. If not, then it's just a low-risk, high-reward trade. Right now, this could be exactly what the Jets need to make the playoffs and uproot the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Despite the risks, I feel very comforted by this trade. It shows that a) Mike Tannenbaum knows we have a problem at RT and is trying to fix it, and b) we could be getting a rock solid bookend to D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
This has all the makings of a potential blockbuster for the Jets. What do you all think?