Chiefs Cut DB; Lilja About To Become A Bronco?

The Chiefs announced Tuesday evening that they had released CB Buddy Jackson.

Signed in the spring when the Chiefs had some injuries in the secondary, Jackson missed practice time over the weekend with a sore hamstring. He returned to the field Tuesday morning and took part in practice.

The Chiefs now have 17 defensive backs on their 89-man roster, but they have 15 available for practice as Malcolm Bronson (knee) and Sanders Commings (shoulder) are off the field with their injuries.

On another front, Ryan Lilja has been contacted and offered a contract by the Broncos to come to Denver and be the center for his former Indianapolis teammate Peyton Manning. Already this season, the Broncos have lost center J.D. Walton (ankle) and Dan Koppen (knee) to injuries.

Lilja had not played center during his NFL career until last season, when he moved into the pivot when Chiefs starter Rodney Hudson went down and out for the season with a leg injury. He did a good job at the position despite the problems the team had in scoring points and winning games. Once the disastrous 2012 season ended, Lilja announced his retirement.

But apparently the 31-year old, 10-year veteran is having second thoughts since he has a chance to re-join Manning and make a run at the Super Bowl. Lilja started 59 games at guard during his time with the Colts offense, including a Super Bowl season at the end of the 2006 season.

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12 Responses to “Chiefs Cut DB; Lilja About To Become A Bronco?”

  • July 30, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    With Lija history I could understand. It makes some sense.

    So why do I feel like we just got pissed on.

    Maybe because we were his last job?

    Can you go from Chief to Bronco. Is it just a job?

    Is what I pay to travel, pay tickets, buy charcoal and meat, beer, parking and gifts all a myth.

    I am cheering for an agent or a team? Do these pros even care?

    Is it a job or a passion?

    I bleed red and gold. Do these guys?

  • July 31, 2013  - txchief says:

    Once you’ve had Matt Cassel’s hands up in your junk, you can never go back.

    Sorry, I had to say it.

  • July 31, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Is that speaking from experience Tex? Sorry, but you brought it up. I don’t think these guys care about the rivalries and often jump to another team in the division because they’re familiar with them and the teams signing them get the benefit of hurting a division foe team that the player is coming from.

    As far as the sport and team loyalty I’m convinced the only friends these guys have or care about are in their wallets. I’m not criticizing, just saying.

  • July 31, 2013  - St Paul 1 says:

    I think it’s hard to fault these guys for going anywhere that they think is in their own best interest. It’s what any other worker would do, and it’s not as if the teams ever show any loyalty to players who can’t perform anymore (rightly so).

    What’s troubling to me is how often this seems to happen to the Chiefs. I’d be interested to know if other teams around the league see key contributors go to division rivals as often as the Chiefs have over the years.

  • July 31, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    OK. I’ve slept. Had coffee. Time to think. I was wrong to go off on Lija.

    I get carried away with this tribal mentality when
    I support a team. I forget that the players crushing and getting crushed aren’t doing it for me or for their tribe… I mean team. It’s their job…and one that pays very well for a short amount of time.

    So Lija, I’m sorry I vented on you. You have every right to go where the money is. And let’s face it, Denver has a better shot at the post season than KC. Damn it.

    I need to shut up, throw dirt on it, move on, shake it off, put my big boy pants on and just be thankful that Eric Winston signed with the Rams.

  • July 31, 2013  - el cid says:

    If Lilja is the difference maker in Denver, where was his contribution in KC. Will he help Manning, sure, he can play the game. But at what level? He is past long in the tooth and 16 games at Center is quite a stretch. Like to many pros, they do not know when to call it an excellent career. Good luck to him.

  • July 31, 2013  - Niblick says:

    I agree with el eid. I don’t see Lilja being a difference maker. The Broncos are desperate for a veteran center. Lilja never playaed center until last year when Hudson got hurt. I guess he did a credible job, but nothing outstanding. By the way Winston signed with Arizona, not the Rams.

  • July 31, 2013  - R W says:

    Lilja going to Denver is about that franchise running out grounders. There might be a scratch hit but chances are greater that it’ll be an out. No big deal.

  • July 31, 2013  - David says:

    The time to have felt bad about Lilja playing elsewhere was when the Chiefs whiffed on drafting this Shawnee Mission Northwest product out of college, and he went on to excel at Indy. He’s a great guy, a hard worker, and did a competent job last year for KC. But cid and Nib have it right; now it’s time to move on.

  • July 31, 2013  - David says:

    Let me correct myself. The Chiefs actually signed Lilja the first time as an undrafted free agent, and were dopey enough to put him on waivers in September ’04. Maybe they thought he would clear waivers and make it to their practice squad. The Colts grabbed him instead….

  • July 31, 2013  - Niblick says:

    David-Peterson actually signed him as a college free agent in 2004. They tried to sneak him through waivers for the develpmental squad and Indy claimed him. The rest is history.

  • August 1, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    I wonder who we kept instead of Lilja in ’04?

    I’m glad Lilja was able to come back to KC and help us make the playoffs in ’10.

    I have no problem with him taking another job, even with the donkees. He has the right as a free agent to collect veteran salary cap dollars from the donkees. Especially since his tank is empty.

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