CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers made their first major move in free agency Tuesday and shored up their offensive line in the process. 

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Panthers plan to sign former Broncos center Matt Paradis to three-year, $27 million contract. The signing "came out of nowhere" according to Rapoport. 

Paradis is returning from a broken leg last season and is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery. Paradis has been an anchor for the Broncos offensive line, allowing just one sack over the last two seasons, according to Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus.

Paradis signed with the Panthers over a one-year contract offer from Denver, according to KUSA's Mike Klis. Paradis was also considering the New York Jets, according to multiple reports.