NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball and is tackled by Dan Skuta #51 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
In a surprise move that we reported yesterday, Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta visited with the Kansas City Chiefs. We say that it's a surprise because Skuta is a restricted free agent who has been a career backup. You just don't normally see interest around the league on players with restricted designations. According to Adam Caplan, Skuta might not be done with visits.
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We haven't seen any other teams specifically mentioned, but we won't be surprised if they start becoming public in the next few days. As our own Ryan Harper mentioned, Skuta has the right of first refusal, meaning the Bengals can choose to match an offer for him, but wouldn't receive any compensation if he left for another team. He's been a special teams player and has started games for Rey Maualuga because of injuries.
If Skuta does leave, it would put the Bengals in a bit of a pickle at middle linebacker. With Maualuga facing a likely suspension, the team may have to depend on players like Roddrick Muckelroy or Thomas Howard to fill in at the position while Maualuga is out, though they're not true middle linebackers like Skuta is. The team could also use a high draft pick on either Luke Kuechly or Dont'a Hightower to become their future middle linebacker.