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Ryan Lilja and Peyton Manning go way back.
They were teammates for six years with the Indianapolis Colts. They won a Super Bowl together in 2006.
As of now Lilja is retired a little earlier than most offensive linemen at 31 years old. That's what the last three years with the Kansas City Chiefs will do to a guy.
The Broncos though are trying to make Lilja and Manning teammates again. According to two NFL sources the Broncos have offered a contract to Lilja in hopes he will compete with Manny Ramirez for the starting job at center that has been vacated by injuries to Dan Koppen and J.D. Walton.
When Lilja was healthy he was the Colts' starting left guard from 2004-09. He played right guard left guard and center the past three seasons for the Chiefs. Center was his primary position last season.
He retired after the Chiefs' dismal 2-14 season in 2012 but the team tried to talk him out of it in April. Other teams also have contacted Lilja in recent days.
BEST OF MAXIM
If Peyton Manning has his way he may be get to take snaps from his former Colts teammate afterall. While Jeff Saturday has no plans to unretire, the same may not be true for Ryan Lilja.
The Broncos have offered Lilja, 31, a contract in hoping to bring him out of possible retirement, reports the Denver Post. Lilja had previously discussed a comeback attempt with the Kansas City Chiefs...
Ryan Lilja will step out of retirement to reunite with Peyton Manning.
The veteran offensive lineman agreed to terms Wednesday with the Denver Broncos, who are desperate for a starting center following a season ending knee injury to Dan Koppen.
Lilja, who turns 32 in October, has quite a bit of familiarity with Manning after playing guard for six seasons in Indianapolis.
When Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen was carted off the field with a torn ACL at Sunday's practice, it put the team in desperation mode to find a replacement center. In fact they are so desperate that they have reached out to offensive lineman Ryan Lilja who just announced his retirement at the end of the 2012 season about the possibility of coming out of retirement.
BRING HIM BACK
The Denver Broncos have been hit hard by the injury bug and are thin at center. They reportedly are digging deep when it comes to options.
Ryan Lilja is trading the couch for camp, as the Denver Broncos have wooed the 31-year-old center out of retirement.
The Broncos and Lilja, who officially retired from the game after last season, have agreed to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.
Center is still a relatively new position for the ninth-year pro, who started primarily at guard until last season, but heâ...
As unretired centers go Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may have preferred Jeff Saturday. But with the center position in shambles and Manning presumably interested in not having whatever warm body installed at the position thrown into the quarterbackâ€™s knees heâ€™ll likely settle for Ryan Lilja.
The Broncos have announced that Lilja has agreed to terms with the team.
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