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Chicago Bears sign LB Dan Skuta

By Alex Butler
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta signed a one-year contract Monday with the Chicago Bears. Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars/Instagram
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta signed a one-year contract Monday with the Chicago Bears. Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars/Instagram

May 8 (UPI) -- Linebacker Dan Skuta will play for the fourth franchise of his career after signing a deal Monday with the Chicago Bears.

Skuta, 31, had 18 tackles in 13 games last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Skuta left Cincinnati in 2013 to sign with the San Francisco 49ers. He joined the Jaguars in 2015. Skuta has 197 tackles, six forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in 112 career contests during his eight-year NFL tenure.

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The Grand Valley State product was released by the Jaguars in April and visited the New England Patriots. Skuta played under current Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio during his San Francisco days. He will likely be a depth piece for the Bears linebackers and play some special teams.

Chicago currently has Jerrell Freeman, Pernell McPhee, Danny Trevathan, Leonard Floyd, Nick Kwiatkowski, Willie Young, John Timu, Lamarr Houston, Christian Jones and Skuta on its linebacker depth chart.

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Trevathan and Freeman were added in free agency last offseason while Floyd was the No. 9 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Skuta signed a five-year, $20.5 million contract with the Jaguars in 2015.

The Bears used four of its five 2017 NFL Draft picks on offensive players. It had just five picks after trading its No. 3 overall selection, its third-round pick, one of its fourth-round picks and a 2018 third-round pick to move up one spot in the first round to draft quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

"Just in my talks – we have a lot of feelers out there. You're kind of feeling the situation out and I didn't want to sit on our hands and have some team jump us and it not work out when we were this close within reach of a player that we all really valued," Bears general manager Ryan Pace told reporters after the first round of the draft. "I didn't want to sit on our hands and risk not getting that player."

Free agent defensive end/tackle Jaye Howard signed with the team Thursday. The Bears also re-signed outside linebacker and special team's player Sam Acho in April.

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