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Chiefs Sign Former Cardinals TE Leonard Pope

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You know that article I just put up about NFL teams generally working out players every Tuesday throughout the season?  This is why they do it. 

Sometime in the last few weeks the Kansas City Chiefs worked out former Arizona Cardinals tight end Leonard Pope.

Today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Chiefs have signed him.  He takes the spot previously held by Tyler Thigpen.

The Cincinnati Bengals also worked him out recently.

Coming from the University of Georgia, Pope was a third round pick by the Cardinals in the 2006 NFL Draft. Here are some of his career stats:

  • 2006: 16 receptions, 161 yards, 0 touchdowns
  • 2007: 23 receptions, 238 yards, 5 touchdowns
  • 2008: 9 receptions, 77 yards, 0 touchdowns

Those aren't impressive numbers but at 6'8", 264 pounds he is a threat in the red zone and has some familiarity with the offense Todd Haley is looking to run.

This means that, for now, the Chiefs won't be promoting anyone from the practice squad unless they release or waive another player.

Initial reaction on the signing of Pope?

(Thanks to JayKC for the link)