The Denver Broncos may lose center Matt Paradis in free agency. There is also a chance that he chooses to stay in Denver.
Free agency has not officially started yet, but deals are in the works for pending free agents. One of those free agents is Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis.
Paradis is set to become an unrestricted free agent, meaning he is free to sign with any team he chooses. The Broncos are obviously one of those teams and he very well could go back to Denver. If all things go well, he would sign a long-term contract with the Broncos.
If he decides to move on from Denver, the Broncos would be losing a key player on the offensive line. Centers are very important because of their ability to not only block but to call out protections pre-snap.
Paradis has been the Broncos’ starting center since 2015. He is highly regarded as the top center in the free agent market this year.
Contract talks have reportedly started back up with Paradis and the Broncos. That is extremely good news. However, things appear to be heading in a tricky situation.
The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with former Chiefs center Mitch Morse on a 4-year/$44.5 million deal with $26.5 million guaranteed. The Broncos agreed to terms with two players, cornerback Kareem Jackson (3-years, $33 million) and tackle Ju’Waan James (4-years, $51 million).
James is now currently the highest-paid right tackle in the entire league.
That is a lot of money that was handed out for two players, but they filled holes at positions of need.
Paradis is rumored to be receiving interest from the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. If either of those teams hands him an offer that the Broncos just cannot match, the only way Paradis stays in Denver is if he chooses familiarity over money.
In an appearance on Good Morning Football on Tuesday, Paradis explained what he wants when considering his options in free agency.
Denver has fallen out of the winning category the last couple of seasons, but with a new regime, new quarterback, and multiple other pieces, it would be interesting to see how the team does during the next few seasons.
Hopefully, Paradis is onboard with doing that.
The Broncos lost Paradis at the end of the 2018 season due to injury. Connor McGovern stepped in at the center position and did fairly well.
It would be a problem if Paradis ends up signing with a different team. If that happens, though, the Broncos will just need to make adjustments accordingly.