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Chiefs approach Ryan Lilja about reconsidering retirement

Updated: 2013-04-30T19:01:36Z


The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs have approached veteran offensive lineman Ryan Lilja about playing another season, and he was receptive to the idea, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Lilja, who played in high school at Shawnee Mission Northwest and in college at Kansas State, said immediately after the end of last season that he would retire. Lilja, 31, has played nine NFL seasons, six for Indianapolis and the last three for the Chiefs.

No deal is imminent. If one happens, it would likely be reached shortly before the start of training camp. Lilja had surgeries on his knee and toe after the end of the season and is still in the rehab stage.

Lilja said at that time it was unlikely he would eventually reconsider his decision to retire.

“Physically, you hit a wall and your body kind of tells you to start thinking about it,” he said. “I wanted to be in a place where I was at peace with my decision and could move forward and never regret it. I’m there.”

Lilja was a guard for the first eight seasons of his NFL career before moving to center last year after the Chiefs lost Rodney Hudson to a broken leg in the third game of the season. It’s unclear what position Lilja would play. The Chiefs have Hudson returning at center and Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah returning at guard.

The Chiefs also signed Geoff Schwartz, who can play both guard and tackle, as a free agent.

The Chiefs begin offseason practice next week, when they have a three-day minicamp at their Truman Sports Complex facility.

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