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Kansas City Chiefs reportedly want Ryan Lilja to return

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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With questions swirling about what will happen with the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive tackle positions, the team might try solidifying the inside of the line with a familiar face.

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The Chiefs approached veteran offensive lineman Ryan Lilja about returning for the 2013 season, The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday.

Lilja, 31, indicated after last season that he would retire, but he was receptive to the idea of returning, according to The Star.

The eight-year pro played the last three seasons on the interior of the Chiefs' line. In 2012, he moved from guard to center after Rodney Hudson broke his leg during the third game of the season.

Lilja is rehabbing from surgeries on his knee and toe, and no deal is imminent, The Star reported.

A versatile lineman, Lilja played well after his position switch last season for the 12th-ranked offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus.

If Lilja does return, it will be to add depth and insurance to the line. Hudson is slotted to return at center, Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah are returning at the guard spots and the Chiefs also signed Geoff Schwartz, who can play both guard and tackle. However, Allen struggled last season after being forced into the lineup as a rookie, and Lilja might be great insurance if Allen doesn't improve as projected.

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