Leonard Pope spent the previous three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, catching a career-high 24 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown in 2011.
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran tight end and Americus native Leonard Pope, a former UGA star, to a one-year contract Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not released.
The 28-year-old Pope spent the previous three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, catching a career-high 24 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown in 2011.
Pope was originally drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He played three seasons in Arizona, helping the Cardinals make the 2009 Super Bowl, where they lost to Pittsburgh.
Pope will battle second-year player Weslye Saunders and veteran David Johnson for a spot behind starter Heath Miller.
Richt, Fox to stop in Albany on April 24
ATHENS — University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox will be special guests at a series of public appearances starting Tuesday in Augusta and continuing throughout the Southeast.
Richt and Fox will make their way to Albany on April 24 at Doublegate Country Club as guests of the local Albany Bulldog Club. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a social hours, followed by the program at 7 p.m.
The events are open to all Georgia fans.
In total there will be 12 destinations including stops in North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. The tour concludes with the annual Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club meeting July 23, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
For more information, call (404) 814-8820.
Report: Parcells won’t be Saints’ interim coach
NEW ORLEANS — Bill Parcells is unlikely to become the New Orleans Saints’ interim coach, according to multiple reports.
Parcells prefers to remain retired and not replace his protege and friend Sean Payton, who will serve a season-long suspension for his role in New Orleans’ bounty system, the reports said.
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel declined Tuesday to confirm Parcells has been ruled out as a possible Payton replacement, saying the team “has nothing to report” concerning the search for an interim coach.
Parcells’ agent, Jimmy Sexton, also declined comment.
If the Saints decide to select a replacement from their existing staff, the leading candidates are: assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who will serve a six-game suspension; offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.; offensive line coach Aaron Kromer; new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Last season, Vitt and Carmichael took on significant additional responsibilities when Payton was rehabilitating for weeks from a broken leg.