Cheers can be heard around the world today as the Steeler Nation finally gets a free agent signing to brag about. Well, ok, let’s not get crazy but Free Agent Tight End Leonard Pope is a solid addition to the Steelers and does add some depth and potentially eliminate some needs on draft day and beyond.
First, the official release according to Steelers.com, Pope was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia. After spending his first three seasons in Arizona (2006-08), Pope played for the Kansas City Chiefs the past three years (2008-11). Pope has started 49-of-87 career games played, including 10 of 16 in 2011. Pope set career highs in receptions (24) and receiving yards (247) last season.
His full career stats are listed at the end of this article.
His ties to new offensive coordinator Todd Haley would seemingly have played a part in the signing. Any time a new coach is brought in it’s an exce...