Posted August 01, 2013

Ryan Lilja ends retirement, agrees to one-year deal with Broncos

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Ryan Lilja ended his retirement and signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. (Getty Images)

Ryan Lilja ended his retirement and signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. (Getty Images)

Former Colts and Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan Lilja has ended his retirement and agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos, the team announced.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Lilja retired after the 2012 season, ending an eight-year career. He underwent toe and knee surgeries this offseason.

The Broncos had been using Manny Ramirez at center since their regular starter Dan Koppen and backup J.D. Walton went down with injuries.

Lilja was the Indianapolis Colts‘ starting left guard from 2004-09, so he has some familiarity blocking for Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning. In his last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Lilja played right guard, left guard and center.

He has started 104 of 111 career games in his NFL career, including 12 games at center for the Chiefs last year.


3 comments
john15
john15

Pretty soon Peyton will have to play all positions---what else is new??

blankvalue
blankvalue

This is shameful... Regular starter JD Walton and Backup Dan Koppen.. you got it backwards fellas!


GTT
GTT

I figured they might do something like this. Wonder if they looked at McClure, who just retired as starting center for the Falcons after more than a decade.