CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears continue to add to the roster on the defensive side of the ball, announcing that they have signed veteran linebacker, Dan Skuta to a one year contract worth an undisclosed amount at this time.
Here’s the teams announcement on their official Twitter account this morning.
We have signed LB Dan Skuta to a 1-year contract.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 8, 2017
Skuta has played for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars during his eight year NFL career, with the last two coming in Jacksonville. Skuta was signed by Jacksonville with the intention to have him compete for a starting job, but only managed 46 tackles in 26 games (10 starts) for the Jaguars during the 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons.
Skuta played under current Bears defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio in San Francisco from 2013-2014, starting in 18 of 30 games for the 49ers.
In June of 2016, Skuta was arrested for battery after an altercation in which he allegedly shoved a girls face into a glass window after she refused to accept his phone number at an Orlando, Florida establishment. The reports by the female were immediately refuted by Skuta’s attorney, who highlighted the visible injury to Skuta’s face in his booking photo as evidence that the female was in fact the aggressor in the incident. You can read the full statement from Skuta’s attorney below.
— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) June 27, 2016
The charges against Skuta were eventually dropped by the prosecutors office, and Skuta was never subject to discipline from the Jacksonville Jaguars, or the NFL.
Skuta will likely compete for a rotation spot on the outside of the Bears linebacker core during training camp and the preseason, and could play a depth role for the Bears in 2017.