The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Wednesday morning that Dan Skuta has officially signed on the dotted line. There are reports Skuta signed a five year deal worth $20.5 million.
Considering he earned $3 million in two years with the San Francisco 49ers, that is quite the upgrade for himself. He earned the contract following a strong showing during Aldon Smith's absences the last two seasons. He and Corey Lemonier were solid in 2013, and Skuta and Lynch were all the more impressive in 2014. Skuta put together a career high five sacks, and was solid against the run, which led to this deal.
The departure comes amidst a report from Ruthless Sports Guy (of BayAreaSportsGuy.com) that the 49ers might not part ways with Ahmad Brooks this year. He represented a potentially easy bit of cap savings, but the team is already expected to clear more space with Stevie Johnson's release.
It is still possible the 49ers release Brooks, but given Skuta's departure and Aldon Smith's continued shaky future, it makes sense to hold onto Brooks for now. The 49ers current OLB depth chart includes Brooks, Smith, Aaron Lynch and Corey Lemonier. Lynch looked strong last season, but he only has one year under his belt. The 49ers could potentially still find an OLB in the draft, or later in free agency, and end up releasing Brooks. For now, he is a capable option until the 49ers are fully committed to get younger.