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Matt Shaughnessy | Defensive Lineman

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 285
College: Wisconsin
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Cardinals re-signed OLB Matt Shaughnessy to a two-year contract.
Shaughnessy put a scare in the Cardinals by visiting the Patriots earlier Wednesday. In the end, they retain a versatile and valuable edge setter in the run game. Last season, he posted 36 tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and seven pass breakups while playing on 45.5 snaps per game. Mar 12 - 7:21 PM

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The Patriots are hosting free agent DE/OLB Matt Shaughnessy on a visit Wednesday.

Shaughnessy took a one-year "prove it" deal in free agency a year ago and it paid off. He made the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker and recorded 36 tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and seven pass breakups. Shaughnessy would add to an already solid defensive end corps in the Patriots' 4-3, giving Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich some rotational breaks.
Mar 12 - 10:35 AM

The Cardinals and free agent OLB Matt Shaughnessy have engaged in contract negotiations.

"They are actively trying to re-sign him," Shaughnessy's agent, Rich Rosa, said. "He wants to be there, so we’ll see how it goes." Shaughnessy proved to be a versatile player for the Cardinals last season on a one-year deal. After playing defensive end and defensive tackle in Oakland, he was able to make the switch to 3-4 outside 'backer and was a quality edge setter versus the run.
Mar 4 - 2:41 PM

Cardinals signed DE Matt Shaughnessy to a one-year contract.

Shaughnessy is smartly taking a one-year, "prove-it" deal in an effort to rehab his value at age 26. Shaughnessy flashed legit Pro Bowl-caliber talent early in his career with Oakland -- specifically 2010 -- before a major shoulder injury wiped out his 2011 season and he returned less effective in 2012. If back to 100 percent, Shaughnessy could end up as the Cardinals' starting right defensive end. Bruce Arians promises to use Darnell Dockett inside more moving forward. Calais Campbell is Arizona's all-world left end, or "five technique."
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 04:07:00 PM

Free agent DE Matt Shaughnessy will visit the Titans on Friday.

That's if Shaughnessy makes it out of his Thursday night visit with the Cardinals. One of the better defensive ends left on the market behind all the aging veterans, Shaughnessy can play both end and tackle in a 4-3. He has 15.5 career sacks in four seasons.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 10:37:00 PM

Free agent DE Matt Shaughnessy will visit the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Beyond John Abraham, Osi Umenyiora, and Dwight Freeney, Shaughnessy is arguably the top free agent defensive end left after the Seahawks signed all the good, young ones. 26 years old, Shaughnessy could play end or outside linebacker in Todd Bowles' defense. Bowles has promised to keep Arizona's 3-4 intact.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 08:19:00 PM

Raiders RE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder surgery) has resumed practicing.

Coach Dennis Allen didn't expect to see Shaughnessy back on the field before training camp, so he's ahead of schedule in his rehab. "I'm full go now," said Schaughnessy. "If there was a game on Sunday, I'd play." Teammate Richard Seymour believes Shaughnessy is the best in the NFL at stopping the run among defensive ends.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 02:29:00 PM

Raiders RE Matt Shaughnessy's season-ending shoulder injury required surgery.

There are no details on the surgery, though coach Dennis Allen doesn't expect Shaughnessy on the field until training camp. The 2009 third-rounder was a late-season breakout star in 2010 before the injury limited him to just three games last year.
Tue, May 22, 2012 04:45:00 PM

Raiders placed RE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Shaughnessy hadn't played since Week 3, but it's still a big loss for a Raiders defensive line hoping to get back its best end later in the year. The 25-year-old former third-round steal racked up seven sacks and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 5 run-stopping defensive end last season. Oakland will close out the year using a rotation of Jarvis Moss and Kamerion Wimbley at right defensive end. Shaughnessy will return in 2012 on a cheap, $565,000 base salary.
Wed, Oct 19, 2011 01:50:00 PM

Raiders RE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 5.

Shaughnessy is arguably Oakland's best young defensive lineman, so this is another boost to Arian Foster's Week 5 matchup. "I can’t go out there and risk injuring it even more," said Shaughnessy. Jarvis Moss will start at right defensive end. While a capable edge pass rusher, Moss is a zero against the run.
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 03:51:00 PM

Coach Hue Jackson nominated DE Matt Shaughnessy as the most improved player on the Raiders last season.

Statistically speaking, Darren McFadden was one of the most improved players in the entire league. Perhaps Jackson wasn't as surprised by his success as much as Shaughnessy's late-season breakout after Trevor Scott went down an injury. Shaughnessy should open the season as the starting right end.
Source: Raiders.com
Tue, Jul 12, 2011 02:54:00 PM

Matt Shaughnessy's per-game snap percentage went from 49 percent before Week 11 to 83 percent over the final six games.

Shaughnessy exceeded expectations as an early-down specialist in the first half of the season, playing stout run defense. When Trevor Scott went down with a November injury, Shaughnessy's pass-rushing presence also increased as a full-time player. He's locked in as a well-rounded starter at right end in 2011.
Fri, Apr 8, 2011 10:46:00 AM

Raiders DE Matt Shaughnessy suffered a concussion in Sunday's win over the Broncos.

Shaughnessy was off to a hot start in his first year as a starter with four sacks in the first six games of the season. The severity of his concussion is unknown.
Mon, Oct 25, 2010 08:37:00 AM

Raiders DE Matt Shaughnessy is in line to be a starter following the team's release of Greg Ellis.

Shaughnessy showed serious ability as a third-round rookie last year, posting four sacks and 24 tackles in Oakland's last nine games. At 6'6/270, he is built like Jared Allen and possesses length to be an every-down strong-side end in the Raiders' 4-3. He's someone to watch in deep IDP leagues.
Mon, Mar 8, 2010 09:03:00 PM

Raiders signed third-round DE Matt Shaughnessy to a four-year contract, including an $852,250 signing bonus.

The signing happened five days ago, but no one from the Raiders bothered to post it on the team website. Shaughnessy lacks explosive speed, making him an odd fit in Oakland. He also needs to add weight to improve in the running game. Don't expect to see much of the Wisconsin alum in year one.
Sun, Jul 26, 2009 01:23:00 AM

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