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49ers sign Dan Skuta

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The 49ers have added to their special-teams coverage units and linebacker depth, signing Bengals free agent Dan Skuta to a two-year contract. The club announced the move early Friday morning.

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.

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14 Responses to “49ers sign Dan Skuta”
  1. bengalsguy55 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:08 AM

    We will miss you in Cincy !!!!

  2. norcalmafia says: Mar 15, 2013 1:09 AM

    Yes! Yes!…wait who?

  3. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Mar 15, 2013 1:14 AM

    Oh snap.

    Sincerely,
    12th Man

  4. baymac408 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:15 AM

    There you go with the fake Super Bowl kickoff return!! HOLDING!!!!

  5. hyzers says: Mar 15, 2013 1:15 AM

    Way to go Skuta! Little known fact: Skuta played with Brandon Carr at Grand Valley State.

  6. norcalsportsknowledge says: Mar 15, 2013 1:18 AM

    Think Baalke wished he resigned Costanzo as he watched special teams give up a TD in the Superbowl.

  7. operwapitsai says: Mar 15, 2013 1:30 AM

    ooh boy that kick return/that power outage. anybody who doesnt believe in momentum… case and point

  8. fraleyr says: Mar 15, 2013 1:32 AM

    Awesome job bengals now let’s wait and see who steals Andre away too.

  9. dirtysouthniner says: Mar 15, 2013 1:43 AM

    Man I hope he helps

  10. sportsguybayarea says: Mar 15, 2013 1:58 AM

    solid pick up since we went from first to worst in special team covarage last year. will also replace delanies place ok special teams as we all know delanie was solid in that department. what about eric bahktiari though??? hes solid we need to get him on the team as well

  11. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Mar 15, 2013 3:32 AM

    Seahawks dominate…

  12. S.Nevada says: Mar 15, 2013 7:02 AM

    Underrated player. Very comparable to Lorenzo Alexander.

  13. 513guy says: Mar 15, 2013 8:20 AM

    The 49ers are getting one heckuva a special teams player. A flat-out hussle machine who can pop a ball carrier with the best of them. Sad to seem him leave Cincy but wish him the best of luck.

  14. garza0080 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:19 AM

    Remember, the ravens were holding on the play, look at the tape. number 49 from the 49ers was being held by two ravens players..B miller was being held big time. And j jones ran right past him review the tape .. Will be back in the nest future and thru will deserve to win! You win some you loss some this one the NFL didn’t n want them to win !

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