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Jets’ Trade for Jeff Otah Is Voided After Lineman Fails Physical

The New York Jets may continue to search for an upgrade at offensive right tackle after Jeff Otah failed a physical exam for the second time, nullifying a trade that had brought him from the Carolina Panthers a week ago.

“He did everything we asked for the past week,” Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters. “The terms of the trade weren’t met, so he’s going back to Carolina.”

The Jets had agreed to send a conditional draft choice to the Panthers for Otah, a former first-round draft pick who was expected to challenge Wayne Hunter for the starting job.

The 6-foot-6, 340-pound Otah has started all 29 games he’s played over his four seasons in the National Football League, though he was limited to four games the past two years because of a knee injury. The Jets didn’t say why he failed the physicals.

Hunter allowed 11 sacks in his first season as the Jets’ starting right tackle last season.

“We will keep looking for opportunities to improve the team as they may or may not come along and we will go from there,” Tannenbaum said.

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