The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran tight end Leonard Pope to a one-year contract Wednesday, according to the team’s press release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The six-year vet spent the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2008 to 2011. Pope was originally drafted in third round (72nd overall) by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2006 NFL Draft. The Georgia Bulldog played the first three seasons of his NFL career in Arizona (2006-08).
For his career, the 6-8, 264-pound tight end played in 87 contests (49 starts) and recorded 102 receptions for 973 yards and nine touchdowns.
It may be safe to say, for Pope’s case, if you can’t beat them, join them. The 28-year old Georgia native helped the Cardinals to get to Super Bowl XLIII, where they were defeated by the Steelers.
For Pope’s campaign with the Chiefs last season, where he started 10 out of 16 games, he set career highs in receptions with 24 and receiving yards with 247.
Pope is expected to compete against second-year player Weslye Saunders and veteran David Johnson for the right to back up the team’s starting Pro Bowl tight end, Heath Miller.