Bengals 2015 Free Agency: Diamonds in the Rough

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December 20, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Dan Skuta (51) rushes against San Diego Chargers tackle King Dunlap (77) during the fourth quarter at Levi

LB Dan Skuta

The former Bengal will be hitting the market this year after spending the last two years in San Francisco.

Dan Skuta was often hid within the roster behind four different 49ers linebackers who possess Pro Bowl ability.  But 2014 was different as the 49ers linebacking core missed numerous games.  Skuta took advantage of the extra playing time and produced well.  He finished the season with 33 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and three stuffs.

This while Skuta also is a solid special teams player himself, which again, is vital for a reserve player.  He was a key player for the Bengals’ unit when playing in Cincinnati.  Skuta continued this production with the 49ers, though this season he played less snaps on special teams due to his involvement with the defense.

Skuta’s newfound pass rushing prowess could help the Bengals.  Although he flourished in a 3-4 defense, Skuta could line up as an “elephant end” for the Bengals at times or just blitz from the linebacker spot.  The Bengals are in need of pass rushing improvement, and Skuta may be able to help with this.

Dan Skuta’s presence within the linebacking core is possible as the Bengals have only a few “locks” to be on the roster in the coming year.  With both Rey Maualuga and Emmanuel Lamur hitting free agency, this group could be even fewer if they are lured away from the Bengals.  One way or another, Skuta’s return to Cincinnati could be a “win” for both parties.

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