Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said Otah's health was too much of question mark to keep him around.
"Any time you let go of a player as good as Jeff is, it's a hard decision," Hurney said, according to The Charlotte Observer. "After he came back and talking to him and going through the last few days, he doesn't feel like he's gotten over the injuries of the past two seasons and really doesn't know when he'll be ready. It was a decision that was probably best for both sides to move forward."
Otah has played in just four games over the past two seasons as he has dealt with chronic knee problems. He became an unpopular figure in Carolina, earning a reputation as a player who wasn't necessarily determined to return to the field.
Otah's agent, Jonathan Feinsod, said the offensive lineman will "definitely" play again, the newspaper reported.
Feinsod told The Associated Press that the lineman will attend LeCharles Bentley's Offensive Line Academy in Cleveland to strengthen this knee and improve his conditioning.
Now the expected is a reality.