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San Francisco 49ers Free Agency Grades: LB Dan Skuta

Linebacker Dan Skuta signed on March 14, 2013 (2 years, $3 million)

Age:  26

HT: 6 ft 2 in WT: 251 lb

Former Team: Cincinnati Bengals

2012 Stats: 26 tackles, 1 PD

Grade: B+

The signing of Dan Skuta was solely to replace Blake Constanzo on special teams and not to add depth at inside linebacker. Skuta was a special team’s ace for the Bengals the past four seasons and he is expected to continue in that role in San Francisco. He had 17 special team tackles last season which led the Bengals.

While the base salary is steep at $1.3 million this season and $1.6 million in 2014, Skuta will be worth the extra money if can improve the 49ers kickoff-return coverage. Last season, San Francisco was the NFL’s second-worst team on kickoff-return averages and gave up a lethal kickoff-return TD in Super Bowl XLVII.

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