Center Matt Paradis agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
The Jets, who were believed to be a suitor, will have to look elsewhere for their replacement to Spencer Long.
Paradis replaces retired center Ryan Kalil in Carolina, where head coach Ron Rivera said during the NFL Scouting Combine that stabilizing the front five to protect quarterback Cam Newton was an offseason priority.
Paradis appeared Tuesday morning on “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network and said he should be back for training camp. He suffered a broken leg and finished his final season with the Denver Broncos on injured reserve. Paradis missed the final seven games of the season.
“I think the level of play I’ve played at, the money needs to reflect that,” Paradis said. “Other than that, I’m trying to win. I got a taste of winning the Super Bowl in the past and my whole life I’ve been a part of winning teams and I don’t like losing. I need to be a part of a winning team.”
Paradis, 29, said doctors told him he’s ahead of schedule in his recovery from the leg injury.
Paradis started all 57 games he played in for the Broncos.