BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Veteran tight end Leonard Pope, a third-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 and who played for Kansas City during Bears GM Phil Emery’s time with the Chiefs, watched practice on Friday and was expected to be signed when he passed his physical with the team.
Pope’s best season was 2011 when he started 10 games and caught 24 passes, one for a touchdown.
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The Bears waived tight end Brody Eldridge to clear a spot on the depth chart for Pope, another massive target at 6-8, 265 pounds.
In a move that suggests the calf injury to D.J. Williams is indeed going to be some time in healing, the Bears signed linebacker Andrew Starks, an undrafted free agent from Princeton.