Pope last played in the New York Jets organization, signing with the team for one week in September and again from February through April of 2002 before being released. The 5-10, 203 pounder out of Alabama played for Cincinnati in 2000, punting for the Bengals in all 16 games with 94 punts with a net of 33.1 yards per punt and a long of 57 yards. In 1999, Pope punted for the Kansas City Chiefs with 101 punts with a net of 35.1 ypp with a long of 64 yards.
Bears sign punter
Pope will share punting duties with Maynard throughout the remainder of the preseason. The move was deemed necessary when Fitts went down on a blocked punt against the Broncos.
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