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Ex-Boise State center, Council High grad finds new NFL team for $9 million a year

Council High celebrates Matt Paradis’ Super Bowl start

Council High students honor former graduate Matt Paradis at the school Thursday. Paradis will start at center for the Denver Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl.
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Council High students honor former graduate Matt Paradis at the school Thursday. Paradis will start at center for the Denver Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl.

From 8-man football to Boise State walk-on to an eight-figure contract.

Matt Paradis, a Council High graduate who played for Boise State from 2009 to 2013, was one of the most sought-after NFL free agents, and he reportedly has found a new landing place.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Paradis intends to sign with the Carolina Panthers for three years and $27 million. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports half of the deal, $13.5 million, is guaranteed. He can officially sign Wednesday.

Paradis had spent the first five years of his career with the Denver Broncos and made slightly more than $2.9 million last season. Per Spotrac, his $9 million annual salary makes him the seventh-highest-paid center in the NFL.

Recent reports had connected Paradis to the Jets, and said that even though the Broncos were initially hesitant to offer a big contract, they were still in the mix. Rapoport said the Panthers’ deal was “out of nowhere.” Carolina was in the market for a new center after five-time Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil retired following last season.

Paradis had played 3,850 consecutive snaps before breaking a leg Nov. 4 in a loss to the Texans. He’s started in all 57 games he’s played. Despite the season-ending injury, he finished the season as Pro Football Focus’ No. 3-ranked center. ESPN ranked him as the No. 11 available free agent.

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Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.

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