Broncos hope to sign Lilja

Kansas City Chiefs center Ryan Lilja
Ryan Lilja started for the Manning-led Colts from 2004-09.
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Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for He has covered the NFL for the past 18 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.


The Denver Broncos have reached out to a longtime teammate of Peyton Manning.

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FOX Sports has learned that center/guard Ryan Lilja is contemplating an offer from the Broncos.

Lilja, 31, announced his retirement last December following his third season with the Kansas City Chiefs. Lilja started 59 games for the Manning-led Indianapolis Colts at guard from 2004-09. Lilja played center with the Chiefs in 2012.

Lilja’s potential addition would come on the heels of the season-ending knee injury suffered Sunday by Broncos center Dan Koppen during training camp practice. Koppen was replacing starting center J.D. Walton, who is sidelined until at least October following offseason ankle surgery. The Broncos shifted Manny Ramirez from guard to center in subsequent practices.

Lilja's agent, Craig Domann, was unavailable for comment.

Saturday’s name was mentioned in media speculation as a potential Broncos signing because of his longtime affiliation with Manning as his center in Indianapolis. Saturday, though, will remain retired and serve as an NFL television analyst.

Tagged: Broncos, Colts, Chiefs, Jeff Saturday, Peyton Manning, Ryan Lilja

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