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Report: Broncos approach Ryan Lilja about return

Jon Asamoah, Ryan Lilja, Roy Miller AP

The Broncos, whose best-laid plans at center have been scrapped because of injuries to J.D. Walton and Dan Koppen, have approached former Chiefs center / guard Ryan Lilja about a return to the NFL, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 reported Tuesday night.

Lilja, who indicated the 2012 season would be his last, is weighing a contract offer from Denver, Marvez reported.

The 31-year-old Lilja has been a guard for most of his career, but he stepped in at center for the Chiefs when Rodney Hudson suffered a season-ending injury in 2012. Lilja started 12 games in the middle and earned a positive rating at center from Pro Football Focus, which studies player performance.

With Koppen out for the season with an ACL tear and Walton recovering from ankle surgery, the Broncos have moved guard Manuel Ramirez to center. Adding Lilja would strengthen their depth throughout the middle of their line — the value of which they know all too well.

Lilja has made 104 career regular-season starts, the bulk of which came with Indianapolis from 2004 through 2009. However, he did not play center, with those duties belonging to Jeff Saturday, who retired after the 2012 campaign and reportedly appears to be moving on to other endeavors.

But should Lilja wish to return to football, he apparently has quite the interesting job opportunity with Denver and former teammate Peyton Manning.

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11 Responses to “Report: Broncos approach Ryan Lilja about return”
  1. raiderfankirk says: Jul 30, 2013 10:42 PM

    Call Saturday!!!!!!!

  2. afcdomination says: Jul 30, 2013 10:49 PM

    Ryan Lilja is at that point where hes pretty much done. he got pushed around a bit, but with that said, he is one tough offensive lineman. he was a guard for so many years, then when Rodney Hudson went down in week 3 or 4, he filled in at the center position with very little drop off in production.

    broncos would be lucky to have him.

  3. romoscollarbone says: Jul 30, 2013 10:50 PM

    Big guys get out of shape quickly and also lose weight, because they eat an insane amount of calories to weigh 310-340 lbs while playing. I doubt he’s ready to roll anytime soon if he does sign.

  4. logicalvoicesmuzzle says: Jul 30, 2013 11:18 PM

    Yes please

  5. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jul 30, 2013 11:47 PM

    There’s also talk that Chris Kuper could be moved to center when he comes back from injury.

  6. joetoronto says: Jul 31, 2013 6:09 AM

    Have another drink and relax, horse face.

  7. germanstingray says: Jul 31, 2013 7:40 AM

    Once you’ve had Matt Cassel’s hands up in your junk, you can never go back.

  8. iamthegreatcornflorio says: Jul 31, 2013 9:46 AM

    Peyton Manning must be sweating bullets now. He’s just one big hit away from assisted living.

  9. caseyinkc says: Jul 31, 2013 11:42 AM

    Broncos are one injury away from being the cellar dwellers again of the AFC West. Once Manning retires or gets injured bad enough that he can’t play you guys are screwed

  10. robubba98 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:35 PM

    haters will hate every player is one hit away from assisted living you moron casey must be from the afc west sucks being you looking up eh?

  11. robubba98 says: Jul 31, 2013 7:28 PM

    Ryan Lilja signed so opps on all the haters comments

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