49ers visit with special-teams ace

49ers visit with special-teams ace
March 14, 2013, 10:45 am
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Dan Skuta was third in the NFL with 15 special teams tackles last season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Cincinnati Bengals free agent Dan Skuta, an inside linebacker and special teams player, is visiting the 49ers on Thursday.

Skuta, a four-year veteran from Grand Valley State, signed with the Bengals as an undrafted rookie in 2009. He announced on Twitter early Thursday morning he was on a flight to San Francisco.

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. A year ago, the 49ers did not re-sign Blake Costanzo, who was one of the team's top special-teams players in 2011.

Skuta had 15 tackles on special teams last season, according to Pro Football Focus, which ranked tied for third in the league.