49ers sign Skuta to two-year contract

Dan Skuta eager to contribute immediately

49ers sign Skuta to two-year contract
March 14, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The 49ers signed linebacker/special-teams player Dan Skuta to a two-year contract, the team announced late Thursday.

Skuta, a four-year veteran from Grand Valley State, has played in each of the Bengals' past 53 games. He originally signed with the Bengals as an undrafted rookie in 2009. Skuta led the Bengals last season with 17 tackles on special teams.

Skuta is envisioned as a backup to Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, as well as a core special-teams player. Larry Grant and Tavares Gooden, who filled those roles with the 49ers the past two seasons, are unrestricted free agents.

"He is an established special teams player and versatile linebacker who fits our system very well," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.

Skuta was one of three players the 49ers hosted on visits Thursday to their Santa Clara practice facility. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and safety Louis Delmas also spent the day with coaches and team officials. Each player also underwent a physical. Asomugha and Delmas remain unsigned.

Skuta had a solid game when he faced the 49ers in the third game of the 2011 season. He saw considerable time on defense, recording four tackles and a half-sack in the Bengals' 13-8 loss to the 49ers. Skuta also forced a fumble out of bounds while making a tackle on tight end Vernon Davis.