That’s been expected ever since Otah’s trade to the New York Jets was voided because he couldn’t pass a physical. Otah’s rights returned briefly to the Panthers, but it was obvious he had no future with the team.
A first-round draft pick in 2008, Otah had two good years before knee injuries started to become chronic. Otah appeared in only four games over the past two seasons.
The Panthers will have to absorb a $218,750 salary-cap hit for Otah, but they still free up about $800,000 with the release. The Panthers now have about $9 million in cap space.
The Panthers filled Otah’s roster spot by signing cornerback Nate Ness. Ness previously has spent time with the Dolphins, Seahawks, Giants and Rams.