The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Indianapolis Colts G Ryan Lilja.
Lilja, who played in high school at Shawnee Mission Northwest and in college at Kansas State, is coming home.
Lilja agreed to terms today on a three-year contract with the Chiefs.
It’s not only a great football move for the Chiefs, who need Lilja’s help on their offensive line. But he also gives the Chiefs a locker room presence otherwise in short supply. He played on two Super Bowl teams with the Colts, is a tireless worker and, at 28, should have several good seasons left in him.
Not that it matters in the big picture, but if feels good to know Scott Pioli was able to right a wrong from the Dick Vermeil days. From all indications back in 2004, Lilja had earned a spot on the team, but the Chiefs felt otherwise and tried to sneak him through waivers and lost him to the Colts. Two Super Bowl championships later it’s good to have Lilja back in the fold.
The only person likely to be more excited than Lilja right now is Matt Cassel. Heading into the draft it looks like his LG-C-RG are set in front of him and Branden Albert will man one of the tackle spots. For an offensive line that has had so little in the way of consistency the past few years, the Chiefs are on their way towards fixing that before a single training camp snap.