DENVER — Former Boise State center Matt Paradis signed a three year, $27 million contract with the Carolina Panthers Tuesday afternoon.

The contract averages about $9 million a year.

Paradis was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. While in Denver, Paradis set the record for most consecutive snaps played after starting in 55 straight games before an injury last season ended his streak.

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He was placed on the injured reserve by the Broncos in November when a broken tibia ended his season. 

The Broncos wanted to keep Paradis in Denver with a one-year contract after the injury, according to our sister station, KUSA in Denver. Last summer, Denver offered him a contract that would make the Boise State product the fifth highest paid center in the NFL with $9 million a year.

The signing comes after Panthers' starting center Ryan Kalil announced his retirement last year.