October 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Leonard Pope (45) celebrates after catching a one yard touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Sign Tight End Leonard Pope


The Chicago Bears added a veteran tight end on Saturday.

The Bears announced on Saturday morning that the team has reached a one-year agreement with free agent tight end Leonard Pope. Pope was seen at Bears’ training-camp this past week and it was only a matter of time before the two sides reached an agreement.

In 103 career games with the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, Pope has recorded 105 receptions for a total of 982 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns.

Pope, who is 6′ 8″, will likely serve as the team’s second tight end behind Martellus Bennett. Pope has a reputation for being a blocking tight end but is also dependable on short yardage plays. Pope will likely play a factor in the Bears’ end-zone formations as well.

Tight end Brody Eldridge was waived to make room for Pope on the Bears’ roster.

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Congrats Pope! Welcome 2 da Bears

    • http://dawindycity.com/ Jordan Campbell

      I personally like the signing. Should provide much needed depth for the team at the tight end position.