Update: The Broncos and New York Jets both lost out in negotiations with Paradis. The Carolina Panthers came in and scooped him up for about $9 million a year with a 3-year, $27 million contract.
Confirming reports Broncos say goodbye to center Matt Paradis, who got 3-year, $27 million deal with Carolina, per source. He gets $11.5 million in first year. Broncos offered one-year deal. Good for Matt. Broncos center is Connor McGovern. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 12, 2019
Original Story: The Denver Broncos had a quiet Monday as the legal tampering period opened up, but got things going heavy late into the evening. First, they came to an agreement with cornerback Kareem Jackson, then tackle Ja’Wuan James not too long after.
Now, according to Mike Klis of 9News, they have restarted contract talks with center Matt Paradis who was expected to become one of the highest paid centers in the NFL this week.
The Broncos also restarted talks with their own C Matt Paradis, per sources. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 12, 2019
Paradis was heavily tied to both the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets for most of the day, but the Bills went with Mitch Morse who was also on the Broncos “watch list” who landed a record-setting deal that will pay him just over $11 million per year.
There were two top tier centers on the market and Paradis was the other. He’ll likely command around $10 million per year. The Broncos likely have the cap space for another big free agent signing and Paradis might just be the guy that helps solidify their offensive line for years to come.