Leonard Pope, a tight end who started 10 games for Kansas City last season, has signed with Pittsburgh.
The Steelers announced that Pope signed a one-year contract today.
Pope is coming off a 2011 season in which he caught a career-high 24 passes for 247 yards. Pope is a longtime favorite of new Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and he’ll head into training camp with the advantage of already knowing Haley’s offense. Pope has played for Haley in all of his NFL seasons except his rookie year: Haley was offensive coordinator of the Cardinals in 2007 and 2008, when Pope was their top tight end, and then Pope followed Haley to the Chiefs in 2009 when Haley became the head coach in Kansas City.
The 6-foot-8, 264-pound Pope was a third-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2006 NFL draft.