When Todd Haley took over as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, there was a steady stream of his former players that followed him. Now that he is the offensive coordinator of the Steelers, TE Leonard Pope is the first to rejoin Haley now that he is in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers signed Pope on Tuesday to a one-year deal after he spent the last three seasons in Kansas City playing in Haley’s offense. He started 10 games for the Chiefs in 2011, catching a career best 24 passes for 247 yards along with one touchdown.
Before playing for him with the Chiefs, Pope also spent two years with Haley in Arizona.
Pope should immediately slot right behind Heath Miller on the Steelers depth chart and give a boost to a running game that ranked 14th in the league last season.
When the Chiefs signed free agent Kevin Boss and converted Steve Maneri from offensive tackle, there was little room for Pope to return.