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Chiefs talking to Ryan Lilja about returning in 2013

Jon Asamoah, Ryan Lilja, Roy Miller AP

When the Chiefs reached the end of their dismal 2012 season, offensive lineman Ryan Lilja said that he would be retiring after nine years in the NFL.

Some time has passed since then and it seems that Lilja’s reconsidering that decision. Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs have approached Lilja about returning for another season and Lilja was receptive to the idea.

Lilja spent his first eight seasons playing guard, but moved to center for the Chiefs last season after Rodney Hudson was lost for the year with a broken leg. Hudson is expected back in 2013 while the Chiefs also return guards Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah.

Allen is the weakest member of that group, which could mean the Chiefs see Lilja as an alternative to sticking with him for another season. Having a solid offensive line was not something new Chiefs coach Andy Reid enjoyed in his final season with the Eagles and putting one in place in Kansas City would certainly help the Chiefs turn things around after winning just two games in 2012.

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14 Responses to “Chiefs talking to Ryan Lilja about returning in 2013”
  1. bravesrt76 says: Apr 9, 2013 5:19 PM

    I know that out off all the writers for the site, you in particular hate to be corrected, since you always delete my corrections, but I’m just looking out for you, you seem to be struggling lately. His name is Rodney Hudson not Lester.

    Your welcome.

  2. germanstingray says: Apr 9, 2013 5:28 PM

    “Your welcome” or “you’re welcome?”

  3. ottawabrave91 says: Apr 9, 2013 5:34 PM

    please come back, u were cool switching to center and all that in time of need

  4. shayeezy says: Apr 9, 2013 5:35 PM

    Your welcome.

  5. ashevillechief says: Apr 9, 2013 5:44 PM

    Lilja’s an ideal veteran backup. Had back issues last year, not sure we can trust him to stay healthy. Allen is a beast, he’ll be fine in his 2nd year. Would live to have Lilja return to plug any holes that may crop up due to injury.

  6. sgtr0c says: Apr 9, 2013 5:59 PM

    A solid offensive line was not something Reid enjoyed in his final season, but it was something he built. He had player control for a lot of seasons and drafts. Good luck with all that.

  7. slickster35 says: Apr 9, 2013 5:59 PM

    Depth.

  8. dtlb58 says: Apr 9, 2013 6:49 PM

    He’s welcome back especially since the Chiefs running game blew up when he started at Center and there are no gimmes that Hudson will be back to start the season. Insurance.

  9. riverhorsey says: Apr 9, 2013 7:08 PM

    Jockel, Lilja, Hudson, Asamoah, Albert with schwartz, stevenson and Allen for support looks good.

  10. slickster35 says: Apr 9, 2013 7:54 PM

    riverhorsey says:
    Apr 9, 2013 7:08 PM
    Jockel, Lilja, Hudson, Asamoah, Albert with schwartz, stevenson and Allen for support looks good.

    ——————————

    You’re high if you think rookie plays left tackle.

    And if it’s a tackle draft it’ll be Fisher. Reid likes maulers, not softboys like the joke-el.

  11. bigchief816 says: Apr 9, 2013 8:58 PM

    Come back if you’re healthy!?! Dude got pushed around a lot last year, maybe he was really banged up??? Contract has to be cap friendly…he won’t start…insurance only.

  12. bigchief816 says: Apr 9, 2013 9:01 PM

    You’re high if you think rookie plays left tackle.

    And if it’s a tackle draft it’ll be Fisher. Reid likes maulers, not softboys like the joke-el.

    —–

    Our overall #1pick better start…there’s a reason we have the 1st pick.

  13. raiderapologist says: Apr 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    slickster35 says: Apr 9, 2013 7:54 PM

    riverhorsey says:
    Apr 9, 2013 7:08 PM
    Jockel, Lilja, Hudson, Asamoah, Albert with schwartz, stevenson and Allen for support looks good.

    ——————————

    You’re high if you think rookie plays left tackle.

    And if it’s a tackle draft it’ll be Fisher. Reid likes maulers, not softboys like the joke-el.
    ————-
    The Chiefs have the pick of the litter this year. That’s because out of 32 teams, 31 were better. With the rookie wage scale in place and no fear of holdouts, the first pick of the 2013 draft needs to start and shine, or the joke-el will be on the Chiefs.

  14. joetoronto says: Apr 10, 2013 5:09 AM

    None of it matters, they’ll always be losers, they’ll always be the Chiefs.

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