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Ryan Lilja Will Retire

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According to Dave Skretta of the AP, Kansas City Chiefs guard/center Ryan Lilja will retire.

Lilja turned 31 in October. He returned to the Chiefs after spending some time with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He was eventually cut and ended up in Indianapolis where he won a Super Bowl with the Colts. Lilja was brought back to Kansas City in 2010 to help shore up an offensive line that had been struggling. He did a nice job at guard for the Chiefs and moved over to center mid-way through the 2012 season to help cover injuries.

The Chiefs drafted his eventual replacement in Jeff Allen. Allen struggled at times this season but gained valuable experience as a rookie.

Still, the Chiefs will need to add more depth to their interior line. Add guard to the growing list of needs.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Ryan Lilja

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  • xxxlp

    So if we’re not comfortable with any of the “top-tier” QBs in this draft – let’s get Joeckel, start him at LT, re-sign Albert, kick him to LG, which solves both tackle (Joeckel, Winston) and guard (Albert, Asomoah), and gives us good depth all over the line (Stephenson and Allen as backups once again.) Draft a backup Center to cover Hudson in case of injury again sometime during the draft, and use our second round pick on the QB we like best. Offensive line improves, QB improves, win/win.

    • Adrian Morales

      Sounds good im thinking the best qb will be in the 2nd or later rounds… I think trading it would b good to cause we have a lot of holes to fill… We need 2 solid game ready corners a safety if not 2 as backups olineman help at lb all across tight end… Its the 2 3 4th positions on the depth chart that are killing us

      • micah stephenson

        No no no. I got a really simple but brillant ideal. Take the best QB 1st rd then take a LT in the 2nd rd or get 1 in free agentcy. Lets not mess up this chance to finally get the best QB in the draft.

        • Jim Harper

          I agree Micah. The idea of waiting for the second round and taking Joeckel in the first would not allow us to trade down because he will be a top 5 pick. Also our 2nd round pick is like having the last pick in the 1st round.

          • micah stephenson

            Besides that the Browns have had LT Joe Thomas and the dolphins LT Jake Long for a long time but both teams have sucked cus they have no QB. Who cares how good yo LT is if you dont have a good QB. Which is better P.Manning @ QB and B.Richardson at LT or the best LT in the NFL and M.Cassel? Its a no no brainer that the best QB wit an ok LT is waaay better than an great LT and bum QB.

          • Danny W

            Yea the big left tackle doesn’t win super bowls. Jake Long is going to come free this year lets just nab him he’s proven he’s not a bust.

        • xxxlp

          That’d be the “best case scenario”, but what if we’re not sold on any of the QBs? Do we take a guy we’re ‘meh’ about this year, or do we solidify the offensive side of the ball, and pull an RG3-type-deal next year for a QB we feel is a franchise QB? In that case, assuming we don’t trade down, I think Joeckel is a viable option that would make a bigger impact on our team than an ILB (Teo is what anyone who isn’t for getting a QB with the #1 pick wants to get) would, at the end of the day; our offense needs the help the most.

          • micah stephenson

            Im not a next yr kind of guy. I want to win this next game every game. There is no next month or next yr. There is only this next game. This time last yr people wur meh on RG2 and you could mock him to the chiefs at 11. By the time the superbowl and the scouting combine went by RG 3 was 2nd best player. All of the top 4 QBs stock will sky rocket wen the teams see them throwing 40 & 50 yards downfield at the combine.

  • micah stephenson

    YES!!! Its about time grandpa Lilja retired. He was waaaaay to weak and small. This is addition by subtraction! :)

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