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July 31, 2013

BRONCOS AGREE TO TERMS WITH CENTER RYAN LILJA

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— The Denver Broncos on Wednesday agreed to terms with free-agent center Ryan Lilja, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway announced.

Lilja (6-2, 290 pounds) is a 10th-year player who has started 104-of-111 career regular season contests with Indianapolis (2004-09) and Kansas City (2010-12). He played primarily left and right guard during his first eight NFL seasons before opening 12 contests at center (15 starts overall) for the Chiefs in 2012.

A starter in nine postseason games, including two Super Bowls with the Colts, Lilja has never allowed more than three sacks in a season and was named to the USA Today All-Joe Team in 2010. 

He entered the NFL as a college free agent with Kansas City in 2004 before being waived during final roster cut downs and claimed by Indianapolis.

Lilja started 14-of-23 career games at Kansas State University and earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors following his senior season in 2003.

A three-year starter at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kan., he began his collegiate career at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He was born on Oct. 15, 1981.


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