Chicago Bears’ Search For Back-Up Tight End Stops at Leonard Pope
Leonard Pope is ready to be another weapon in Marc Trestman’s revamped Chicago Bears offense. Pope has been looking for an NFL gig all offseason, but the Bears appeared to be the only team in on the seven-year veteran. According to multiple reports: Pope was present and Bears camp on Friday, which makes sense given the club released Brody Eldridge this morning.
Reports have also surfaced that pending a team physical, Pope will be signed as the Bears newest tight end.
At this point in his career, Pope is merely a back-up as the days of him starting 11 games like he did in 2007 are long gone. However, Trestman and the Bears could use a stout blocker like Pope to anchor a suspect offensive line. Not to mention, Pope is one of the best available pass-catching tight ends as his 11 career touchdowns are nothing to scoff at.
Pope wasn’t utilized much with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, yet he hasn’t missed a game in the last three seasons, so durability obviously isn’t a question mark with this tight end. At 6-foot-6, Pope is way more physical than former-Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez who was only 6-foot-1 and couldn’t made more moves off of the field than on it.
With that being said, it will be interesting to see how Pope meshes with Chicago’s starting tight end, Martellus Bennett, this summer as the Bears are undergoing a face lift on the offensive side of the ball and the two tight end set has been hinted at more than once.