Leonard Pope, Steelers Agree To 1-Year Contract

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Leonard Pope #45 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the football against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The Steelers on Tuesday announced the signing of veteran tight end Leonard Pope to a one-year contract.

Leonard Pope has played for Todd Haley in five of his six NFL seasons and it looks like he'll make it six of seven. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Tuesday that they've signed the former Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs tight end to a one-year contract. Haley replaced Bruce Arians this offseason as the Steelers offensive coordinator.

Pope understands Haley's offense, having been in it for the last five seasons, which gives him an advantage when it comes to actually making the regular-season roster.

Pope stands 6-foot-8 and will provide a huge target for Ben Roethlisberger, but he's not much of a receiver; his career bests came last season with 24 receptions for 247 yards. You can expect him to help keep Roethlisberger's jersey clean, though, as he's a decent blocker.

The Cardinals originally selected Pope out of Georgia in the third round of the 2006 NFL draft.

For more on the Steelers, visit Behind The Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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