Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals lost their fifth player in free agency; this time a significant special teams player.
The Cincinnati Bengals lost another one.
According to multiple reports, free agent linebacker Dan Skuta signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night. He will reportedly fill a backup role at inside linebacker and special teams.
"We are pleased to be adding Dan to our roster,"said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke. "He is an established special teams player and versatile linebacker who fits our system very well."
Skuta is the fifth free agent to leave Cincinnati, following defensive tackle Pat Sims (Raiders), linebacker Manny Lawson (Bills), backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (Steelers) and kicker Josh Brown (Giants). Though his overall defensive presence wasn't significant, his special teams work was, having led special teams in tackles in two of the past three years.
As it stands right now the Bengals find themselves with a growing need to rebuild the linebacker position, considering Vontaze Burfict is really the only proven commodity on the team; which makes me believe that we'll see Rey Maualuga return.