Skuta, who turns 27 in April, recorded 26 tackles (15 solo) on defense for Cincinnati in 2012. He would figure to project as a reserve inside linebacker in the 49ers’ 3-4 front. In 2011, Skuta started three games at middle linebacker for Cincinnati.
Skuta was a key member of the Bengals’ special teams, notching a team-best 17 stops a season ago. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he were a core member of San Francisco’s coverage teams. The 49ers, while strong covering punts in 2012, were the NFL’s second-worst team from an opponent kickoff-return average standpoint — and that doesn’t include postseason games. The Niners, of course, surrendered a kickoff-return score to Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones in Super Bowl XLVII.