Matt Paradis leaves for the Panthers
This one is going to be hard to swallow.
The Carolina Panthers came out of nowhere to sign Paradis to a three-year contract worth as much as the Broncos offered in a long-term deal last offseason.
It was supposed to be a two-team race between the Jets and Broncos for Paradis. This move would have been a lot easier to digest had Paradis signed with the Jets for way more money than the Broncos could realistically afford to pay him.
Instead, it was reported that the Broncos made Paradis an offer for a one-year contract and he took the offer he was given by Carolina, which included about half of the money guaranteed.
In all honesty, this was far less than I imagined Paradis would get, and if the Panthers want, they could cut him next offseason for about $2 million in dead money.
This is not a great deal for Paradis, but a great one for the Panthers.
I’m sad to see Paradis go, but the Broncos didn’t need to go overpaying for his services with his hip surgeries in 2017 and broken fibula in 2018. He’s 29 going on 30, and yes he’s one of the best centers in the league, but the going rate for top centers right now is absurdly high.