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Dan Skuta | Linebacker

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 265
College: Grand Valley State
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Dan Skuta is expected to be the Jaguars' starting "Otto" strong-side linebacker.
He'll play on or near the line of scrimmage and stop the run on early downs before moving into a pass-rushing role on passing downs. Skuta's five-year, $20.5 million deal was an eye-opener at the start of free agency, but he's shown well in limited starts and has the ability to play any linebacker position. Mar 22 - 9:15 AM

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Jaguars agreed to terms with LB Dan Skuta on a five-year, $20.5 million contract.

It's one of the first truly eye-opening deals of free agency. A six-year veteran going on 29, Skuta has made just 22 career starts, but was routinely effective in place of Aldon Smith in San Francisco. Five of his 5.5 career sacks came in 2014. He'll likely play outside linebacker, though ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Skuta could also kick inside. We suspect Skuta will primarily end up playing the "Otto" strong-side position in Gus Bradley's defense. The Jaguars are gambling they've found a diamond in the rough.
Mar 9 - 11:52 PM

Jaguars will sign LB Dan Skuta.

A veteran special-teamer who got his start with the Bengals, Skuta got a chance to play some outside linebacker for the 49ers last year. He responded with 33 tackles and five sacks while handling himself well against the run on 398 snaps.
Mar 9 - 10:35 PM

49ers LB Dan Skuta (ankle) is questionable for Week 10.

Skuta had his leg rolled up in the fourth quarter of the 49ers' embarrassing Week 9 loss to the Rams. Skuta did not participate in practice this week, but still believes he has a chance to play on Sunday. The 49ers will promote Chase Thomas off the practice squad if Skuta cannot go.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 09:29:00 AM

49ers LB Dan Skuta left the 49ers' Week 9 game against the Rams with a left-leg injury.

Skuta had his leg rolled up while missing a tackle on Tre Mason. He was able to limp off the field under his own power. Skuta is questionable to return.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 06:25:00 PM

The 49ers are "mainly" using Dan Skuta at outside linebacker.

"He's got some good versatility outside and inside," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "But, right now, (we are) mainly working as an outside linebacker. But he has the ability to go inside as well." Regardless of his position designation, the majority of Skuta's snaps will come on special teams.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 09:24:00 PM

49ers signed LB Dan Skuta, formerly of the Bengals, to a two-year contract.

Skuta goes 6-foot-2, 248 and has a productive special teams background. The 49ers are looking for another Blake Costanzo, and Skuta has that kind of ability on kick cover. The 27-year-old also adds depth as a reserve inside linebacker.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 12:31:00 AM

Free agent LB Dan Skuta will visit the 49ers.

After losing out on special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander, the 49ers are turning their attention to another one in Skuta. He played just 116 snaps on defense in Cincinnati last season, but registered 26 tackles.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 01:19:00 PM

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has not named a replacement for LB Thomas Howard.

With Thomas Howard out for the season, it's not a simple swap for the Bengals, as they do not have another LB who can play an every-down role. Dan Skuta is expected to get most of the work on early downs, with rookie Vontaze Burfict also possibly seeing snaps there. Vincent Rey would then rotate in on passing downs. There's no IDP fantasy value to be had here.
Sat, Sep 15, 2012 11:01:00 AM

Bengals re-signed restricted free agent LB Dan Skuta to a one-year, $1.26 million contract.

Skuta made a free agent visit to the Chiefs, but they must have never made him a serious offer-sheet proposal. The 26-year-old core special teamer will return as a top backup at middle linebacker and on the strong side.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 02:09:00 PM

Restricted free agent LB Dan Skuta visited the Chiefs.

An undrafted free agent, Skuta was tendered at the original-round level, so the Bengals wouldn't receive draft-pick compensation if he signed an offer sheet they decided not to match. Primarily a reserve and special teamer in Cincinnati, it's possible Skuta could see heavy snaps in Kansas City as a run-stopping TED linebacker opposite Derrick Johnson. He hasn't taken any other visits.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 04:14:00 PM

Bengals tendered restricted free agent LB Dan Skuta at the original pick level.

Skuta is a former undrafted free agent, so Cincinnati would net no compensation if another team signed him to an offer sheet it couldn't match. The Bengals shouldn't have to worry about that, but Skuta is a versatile, productive linebacker with special teams value. The tender value is $1.26 million.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 07:38:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer calls Dan Skuta the "early favorite" to be the Bengals' starting strong-side linebacker with Rey Maualuga moving to middle linebacker this season.

Primarily a special teams player to this point in his career, Skuta notched just 16 tackles and zero sacks in 16 games a season ago. Finding an upgrade on the open market could be a priority for the Bengals once free agency begins.
Sun, Jul 24, 2011 10:15:00 AM

Bengals LB Dan Skuta has recently been working out at fullback.

Skuta ran for over 1,000 yards and 20 TDs in high school, though he'd be a lead blocker in Cincinnati's scheme. He's primarily a special teams player.
Wed, Aug 11, 2010 09:55:00 AM

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