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Chicago Bears expected to sign Tight End Leonard Pope

The Chicago Bears plan to add to the relatively thin depth behind starting tight end Martellus Bennett, by signing Leonard Pope, pending his physical.

Jamie Squire

In last week's article, Chicago Bears 2013 Position Battles: Tight End, we only mentioned one tight end as a roster lock, starter Martellus Bennett. The Chicago Bears must have wanted to gain some positional insurance, so they plan to sign seven year pro Leonard Pope, pending his physical.

They had him in for a workout today, and must have liked what they saw from the former 3rd round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals.

Pope had 3 receptions, for 9 yards, and two touchdowns last year for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For his career, he's caught 105 balls, for 982 yards, with 11 TDs. The 6'8" 264 pound Pope is a fairly good blocker, and he'll provide another big red zone target for Jay Cutler. That is providing he makes the team.

To fit him on the roster the Bears waived TE Brody Eldridge.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>brody eldridge had no guaranteed money or signing bonus in his contract. his $630K was among the top 51 contracts, off the books. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23bears&amp;src=hash">#bears</a></p>&mdash; dan durkin (@djdurkin) <a href="https://twitter.com/djdurkin/statuses/363404324166041600">August 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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What do you think of this expected roster development?

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