The Denver Broncos may have found the answer to their problem at center with the signing of former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan Lilja.
Lilja spent the last three seasons in Kansas City, but before that played for current Broncos QB Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts for his first eight years in the NFL.
Though with the Colts and first two seasons with the Chiefs he only played guard, Lilja moved over to center after Rodney Hudson landed on IR last year.
Shortly after the Chiefs disappointing 2-14, Lilja called it quits on an impressive career that started as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State. He had lingering knee and foot injuries and forced him under the knife during the offseason.
Kansas City reportedly reached out to him in April to see if he was interested in returning, but it wasn’t until Manning called that Lilja was moved to give it one more try.
With the Broncos losing starting center Dan Koppen to a torn ACL, Lilja has the potential to step in and start. Hudson seems to be completely recovered from his injury, meaning Lilja may not have been more than an insurance policy with the Chiefs.