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Sources: Dan Skuta expected to sign with Jaguars

Dan Skuta celebrates after a touchdown return in London in 2013
Dan Skuta celebrates after a touchdown return in London in 2013 AP

Linebacker Dan Skuta is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars soon after free agency begins Tuesday, according to two sources.

Skuta started nine games for the 49ers last season, most of them in place of Aldon Smith at right outside linebacker while Smith was serving a nine-game suspension. He finished with 35 tackles, five sacks and led the 49ers with three forced fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown in Week 1 against the Cowboys.

Skuta, 28, played inside linebacker before he arrived with the 49ers in 2013. He can play in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme and also is good on special teams. His versatility created a strong market for him over the weekend.

The 49ers currently have five outside linebackers on their roster: Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Aaron Lynch, Corey Lemonier and Chase Thomas. Brooks, however, could be released in a salary-cap saving effort. The 49ers have shown interest in ex-Eagles pass rusher Trent Cole, but they have yet to set up a visit.

Bleacher Report also reported today that the 49ers would have the most interest in Carolina pass rusher Greg Hardy, who had been involved in a high-profile domestic abuse case in North Carolina and who could become a free agent on Tuesday. Prosecutors dismissed charges against Hardy last month after they said the accuser in the case couldn't be located.

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