Will Matt Paradis stay?
The Broncos have to have at least two plans in place in the next week or so.
One of those plans is going to involve Matt Paradis as the centerpiece — literally — of Mike Munchak’s offensive line.
Another plan is going to involve Paradis playing for another team and the potential of Connor McGovern coming back as the starting center.
There’s no doubt about the fact that the Broncos’ offensive line is better with Paradis in it. The ideal scenario this offseason would be to re-sign Paradis for less than market value (hilarious, right?) and have a line from left to right of Garett Bolles, Ron Leary, Paradis, Connor McGovern, and one of Billy Turner, Jared Veldheer, a free agent, or a high draft pick.
The Broncos backup option would be Bolles, Leary, McGovern, a free agent, and someone like Turner at right tackle.
Either way, this is a situation that seems to have flipped directions in recent days. Paradis was assumed to be long gone a couple of weeks ago and recently it seems like there is momentum for the Broncos keeping him.
Mike Klis even said the Broncos’ chances of keeping him are “60-40” at this point.
The Broncos are expected to let Paradis test the market and come back to him with a solid offer. At that point, Paradis is going to have the chance to play for big money in another city or play with the Broncos for slightly less big money.
If the Broncos can bring him back, it will be one of the huge wins of free agency.