Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dan Skuta visiting 49ers

Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t the only player visiting the 49ers on Thursday.

The other player headed to San Francisco doesn’t have quite as big a profile, however. Adam Caplan of reports that Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta is also meeting with the 49ers.

Skuta only played 116 snaps as a reserve on the Bengals defense last season, but the Niners aren’t in the market for starting linebackers. Their interest is likely in adding Skuta to their special teams units because he’s done well in those roles for Cincinnati over the last two seasons. After giving up a touchdown on a kickoff return to Jacoby Jones in the Super Bowl, that’s probably pretty appealing to Jim Harbaugh.

Three of the 49ers’ backup linebackers from last season — Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden, Clark Haggans — are currently free agents, which makes finding a spot for Skuta easy. He also had a brief stint at fullback early in his time with the Bengals and Harbaugh has deployed other defenders that way in the last two years.

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