by Aaron Wilson
July 31, 02013
Veteran free agent center Ryan Lilja has agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos needed reinforcements at center due to Dan Koppen's season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament with J.D. Walton still sidelined.
Lilja is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound 10th-year pro who has started 104 of 111 career games for the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs. He has played left guard and right guard, but lined up at center for a dozen starts last season in Kansas City.
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.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.