Steelers Sign Tight End Leonard Pope

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pittsburgh Steelers made their first free agent move of the year, signing tight end Leonard Pope.

Pope played under new Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley in both Arizona and Kansas City. Pope — 6-foot-8, 260 pounds — is a six-year NFL veteran with 102 catches for 973 yards and nine touchdowns on his resume.

Pope played two seasons with Haley as his offensive coordinator in Arizona. He spent the last three seasons with Haley as his head coach in Kansas City.

Pope is likely to compete for the No. 2 tight end spot with Weslye Saunders, who is suspended for the first four games of 2012 for a substance abuse violation. David Johnson is the only other tight end on the roster and has spent more time as a blocking back in the backfield than as a traditional tight end.

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