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Matt Shaughnessy | Defensive Lineman | #91

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 285
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 3 (71) / OAK
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Free agent DE Matt Shaughnessy is working out for the Saints.
The ex-Cardinal and Raider missed all of 2015 with an undisclosed injury. Shaughnessy also missed eight games with a knee issue in 2014. Going on 30, Shaughnessy would be a long shot for the 53-man roster if he lands a contract. May 12 - 1:50 PM

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Cardinals released DE Matt Shaughnessy.

The Cardinals paid Shaughnessy a $500,000 bonus in March but are avoiding his $1.45 million base salary. Shaughnessy plays above-average run defense.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 01:10:00 PM

The Cardinals are moving Matt Shaughnessy to defensive end.

Shaughnessy played left outside linebacker in 2014 but coach Bruce Arians thinks he'll fit better at end because of his size (6'5/285). He'll battle Cory Redding, Frostee Rucker, and rookie Rodney Gunter for playing time across from Calais Campbell. Alex Okafor is the favorite to start at left outside linebacker.
Sun, May 24, 2015 09:39:00 AM

Cardinals OLB Matt Shaughnessy (knee) will return for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Shaughnessy has been on IR with a designation to return since going down against the Broncos in Week 5. But the two-down run plugger has been practicing since Nov. 20 and is ready to go, likely in a rotation with Sam Acho and Alex Okafor. "Matt's one of our best run edge defenders," coach Bruce Arians said. "He also does a good job rushing the passer and has been a solid contributor. You always welcome back those kids of guys."
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:06:00 AM

Cardinals placed OLB Matt Shaughnessy (knee) on injured reserve/designated to return.

Shaughnessy injured his knee in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. It's yet another blow to the Cardinals' injury-ravaged defense, though Shaughnessy is "just" a two-down run plugger, and not an every-down 'backer. Regardless, it further thins depth that's already being severely tested. Shaughnessy can resume practicing in six weeks, but won't be eligible to be activated until Week 14.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 03:23:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 07:21:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:35:00 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.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 02:41:00 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

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