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Veteran Linebacker Dan Skuta Signs With Chicago Bears

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Linebacker Dan Skuta Joins Bears

On Friday, the Chicago Bears inked veteran linebacker Dan Skuta to a one-year deal. Skuta is entering his ninth year in the league.

The Burton, Michigan native attended Grand Valley State University in Flint prior to his NFL career. In 2009, Dan signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. After four years with the Bengals organization, he moved on to the San Francisco 49ers for two years. On March 11, 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Skuta to a five-year, $20.5-million contract. However, after completing only two seasons in Jacksonville, the Jaguars released him.

Pre-Chicago Career Stats

Over the course of Dan Skuta’s NFL career, he has appeared in 112 games — 32 starts — accumulating 200 tackles, seven sacks, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one defensive touchdown. During a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis forced Jags tight end Mercedes Lewis to fumble. At this point, former 49ers linebacker Dan Skuta was able to recovery the ball. Ultimately, he took the recovered fumble 43 yards to score his one and only defensive touchdown. Take a look at the replay highlight here:

49ers Linebacker Dan Skuta Recovers Fumble And Takes It 43 Yards For A Touchdown                                                       (via Official Site of the San Francisco 49ers)

Dan required offseason surgery for a groin injury in 2015.

What This Means For The Bears

Chicago’s signing of Dan Skuta is yet another indication that starting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan may not be ready for the start of the 2017 season. In Week 12 of the 2016 season, Trevathan suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee. A torn patellar tendon is arguably one of the toughest injuries to return from. As a result, the Bears placed Danny on the injured reserve list. For the remainder of the season, Chicago relied on Nick Kwiatkoski.

Although the coaching staff of the Bears believes Kwiatkoski has great potential, Dan is an eight-year veteran. The six-foot-two, 252-pounder is a defender with experience that is able to line up at both inside and outside linebacker positions. Furthermore, Skuta played under Vic Fangio, the Bears’ current defensive coordinator, in San Francisco. In regards to special-teams, Dan Skuta is considered to be a quality performer.

Comparetively speaking, Skuta is more along the lines of a Sam Acho-type linebacker rather than a Leonard Floyd-like pure edge rusher. He will become the thirteenth linebacker on the Chicago Bears’ roster joining, Trevathan, Kwiatkoski, Acho, Floyd, Jonathan Anderson, Jerrell Freeman, Lamarr Houston, Christian Jones, Pernell McPhee, John Timu, Willie Young, and Roy Robertson-Harris.

Closing Words

Dan Skuta is the second defensive addition to join the Bears after being released by his former club this offseason. In addition, Chicago added defensive end Jaye Howard last week following his release by the Kansas City Chiefs.