Bears sign TE Leonard Pope to one-year deal

By John Breech |

The Bears added former Steelers tight end Leonard Pope on Saturday. (USATSI)
The Bears added former Steelers tight end Leonard Pope on Saturday. (USATSI)

The Bears got rid of one tight end on Saturday and added another.

Chicago signed former Cardinals, Chiefs and Steelers tight end Leonard Pope to a one-year deal, the team announced. To make room for Pope, the team dumped tight end Brody Eldridge. Eldridge had been with the Bears since signing with the team in January.

Pope, who's been in the league since being drafted in the third round by the Cardinals in 2006, will bring more experience than Eldridge, but it's hard to say if he'll bring a lot of production.

The 29-year-old tight end played in all 16 games for the Steelers last season, but wasn't overly productive, catching only three passes for nine yards. However, two of those three catches did go for touchdowns.

In seven seasons, Pope has caught a total of 105 passes for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns. Pope was a member of the Cardinals team that lost to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII.

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