The Cardinals added to their depth on the defensive line Friday by signing free-agent defensive end Matt Shaughnessy. The news was first announced on Twitter by Cards outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield, Shaughnessy's college teammate and bookend pass rusher at Wisconsin.
Terms of his contract are unknown.
The 26-year-old Shaughnessy, entering his fifth year in the NFL, started all 16 games for the Raiders last year and finished with 3.5 sacks and 31 total tackles, playing about 65 percent of the team's snaps. He missed much of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury after posting career-best numbers in 2010, when he had seven sacks, 56 tackles and two forced fumbles.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, Shaughnessy is considered particularly adept at stopping the run as a 4-3 defensive end, although the Cardinals are expected to retain a 3-4 defense despite the coordinator change from Ray Horton to Todd Bowles under new coach Bruce Arians. Given Shaughnessy's size, it is likely that ...