Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI 5 Months

The Patriots are hosting free agent 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 outside linebacking corps in New England that features Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower.

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI 5 Months

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.

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI Mar 15 '13

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."

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI Mar 14 '13

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.

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI Mar 14 '13

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 defensive end or outside linebacker in Todd Bowles' defense. Bowles has promised to keep Arizona's 3-4 intact.

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI Jun 12 '12

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

Coach Dennis Allen didn't expect to see Schaughnessy back on the field before training camp, so he appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehab.

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI May 22 '12

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

There are no details on the surgery, though coach Dennis Allen doesn't expect to see Schaughnessy on the field until training camp. The 2009 third-rounder was a late-season breakout star in 2010 before the shoulder injury limited him to just three games last year.

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI Oct 19 '11

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.

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI Oct 07 '11

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.

Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI Jul 12 '11

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.