The San Francisco 49ers tonight announced the signing of LB Daniel Skuta to a two-year contract. Skuta played his first four season with the Cincinnati Bengals, and registered 48 tackles, 0.5 sack, and 3 forced fumbles. Skuta first broke into the league as an undrafted free-agent in 2009 out of Grand Valley State, and has since played a vital role on special teams. The 49ers in desperate need of a special teams ace with LB Tavares Gooden and LB Larry Grant on the market, will add as an insurance policy while bringing a physical presence that has not been seen since LB Blake Costanzo bolted for the Chicago Bears last year.
Skuta is an ace the 49ers desperately needed, and they now have a good one in Skuta. With the signing of Skuta, that all but signals the end for both Gooden and Grant, who will likely not be retained. An unfortunate situation considering Grant has been not only a special teams standout but a valuable commodity as an inside linebacker.