Oct 28, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs center Ryan Lilja (65) on the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Oakland won the game 26-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Denver Broncos Reached Out To Ryan Lilja About Return

If Kansas City Chiefs fans were looking for another reason to dislike the Denver Broncos, John Elway just gave them one.

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, the Donks reached out to former Chiefs G/C, Ryan Lilja, about coming out of retirement.

From Fox Sports:

FOX Sports has learned that center/guard Ryan Lilja is contemplating an offer from the Broncos.

Lilja, 31, announced his retirement last December following his third season with the Kansas City Chiefs. Lilja started 59 games for the Manning-led Indianapolis Colts at guard from 2004-09. Lilja played center with the Chiefs in 2012.

Lilja’s potential addition would come on the heels of the season-ending knee injury suffered Sunday by Broncos center Dan Koppen during training camp practice. Koppen was replacing starting center J.D. Walton, who is sidelined until at least October following offseason ankle surgery. The Broncos shifted Manny Ramirez from guard to center in subsequent practices.

Lilja’s agent, Craig Domann, was unavailable for comment.

The Chiefs were reportedly interested in Lilja coming out of retirement as well. Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reported as much weeks ago.

I have figured that if Lilja was going to come out of retirement, he would likely wait until some time closer to the end of training camp. Veterans often like to try to avoid the dorm living and heat of summer practices.

The Chiefs could use Lilja. The interior of their line still has some big question marks. Rodney Hudson is virtually untested at center and Jeff Allen was less than spectacular at guard last season. Lilja would provide some excellent veteran leadership, reliability and depth. He may not be a Pro Bowl player but he is solid.

Lilja’s history of decent play is probably why the Broncos are reaching out to him too. He’s likely one of the best interior lineman available and if Denver is not sure about their line, Lilja would be an excellent one-year option.

What do you think, Addicts? Will Lilja return to KC or Denver? Or will he stay retired?

(h/t Arrowhead Pride)

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  • Jason Collins

    He will go to Denver so he can compete for a championship.

    • Brody Hall

      Someone block this “jackass’s” (pun on words haha) IP and quick!

      • Jason Collins

        I was right tho!

        • Brody Hall

          Yeah… I mainly wanted to use my pun thats all haha.

  • FaAmos

    He’ll sign with Denver, that’s too bad because I think KC could really benefit with the return of Lilja to the Chiefs roster but in reality who would you rather sign with, the Super Bowl bound Denver Broncos to Start at Center under Payton Manning or to sign with the unknown KC Chiefs to be a backup interior lineman with second year player Rodney Hudson being the starting Center. I’m a did hard Chief can and even I would sign with the Donkeys if I were Lilja.

    • Jordan

      Glad to know you’re a die hard chief can lol

    • Brody Hall

      “I’m a did hard Chief can and even I would sign with the Donkeys” … THAT’S IN THE SAME SENTENCE!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  • tm1946

    Last chance at a ring. What did he do so great in KC? Wish him well, in a 16 game season, if he is the savior for Denver….let’s just say we sort of wasted his time here.

  • Priest4Prez

    Aren’t we in need of O-Line Depth already? Every report coming out of camp shows shallow waters for our O-LIne. That’s not too comforting, it all starts in the trenches gentlemen and we must be able to control the line of scrimmage for Smith be remotely successful.

  • ABQ_Girl

    I don’t need a reason to dislike the Donkeys!

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  • Chuck Burrell

    In case you missed last year’s debacle, KCs interior OL was terrible WHILE Lilja was playing. I hope he goes to the donks so our much bigger, more athletic, younger DL can have their way with him, much like how opposing DL had their way with him all of last year.

  • ladner morse

    I thought Lilja was declining in 2012. He is experienced and could be an asset in calling line coverages but once the ball is snapped… by the end of the game anyway… he is a liability. In my way of thinking… I hope the Donkeys pony up on an old gray mare and he leads them all out to pasture.

    • chiefridgy

      I think it would be nice to have him as a backup/mentor for our o-line.

      • ladner morse

        Maybe the Chiefs should hire him as a coach.

        Here’s why I don’t think they should bring him back.

        Branden Albert was very consistent the past two seasons and graded out at +14.7 and +13.8 overall by Pro Football Focus. He allowed the QB to be sacked 16 times on the past two years which ranks him 7th among all LT in the game.

        Jeff Allen ranked in the bottom four of all left guards in the league.

        Ryan Lilja was ranked 14th in the league among Centers. Think that was good? He has a -3.1 in pass protection. However, he was very good in run blocking.

        Pro Football Focus ranks Asamoah as the tenth best Guard in all of football last year. His Pass Blocking Efficiency was 96.4%. He was the 7th best pass blocking Guard and PFF calls him a Secret Superstar.

        Winston will be replaced by el numero uno Fisher.

        The point? LG and Center had to be solved this offseason… and RT… which was taken care of. So, what needs addressing now? LG and Center and I’m hoping the Chiefs don’t replace either of the players who were playing those positions there last year, this year.

        All that’s needed now is depth on the OL. And… I’m not sure I’d want Lilja around for that either. Since the Chiefs are going to focus on the passing game, Lilja is not the best answer. I’d rather see him go to the Donkeys.

        • chiefridgy

          What do you think the answer is for depth along the o-line

          • ladner morse

            33 yr old G Brandon Moore is still out there but he probably wants too much $$. If the Chiefs could bring him in I’d like it a lot but then again the Cheifs would have to release a younger player to do it. But, that’s the point isn’t it. The Chiefs don’t have enough “experience” along the OL. The best projection for the OL is that the Chiefs likely wait until other teams begin to cut players and then pick someone up who’s a veteran.

  • winner n colo

    HAHAHAHA!!! you chef fans are pathetic!!! can you blame him for leaving you losers and coming to gods country?!! you’re team sucks you’re city sucks and and you will no doubt try too gravy train him the way you did with neil smith…@ least they had enough brains to ditch you’re sorry franchise/city & come to a winner & beautiful city before they got fat & stupid!!!!!!!!!!!