Matt Shaughnessy, who seemed this close to becoming an elite NFL defensive end before a shoulder injury ended his 2011 season after just three games, is a Raider no more.
Shaughnessy has reportedly signed a one-year deal with Arizona, per the NFL Network, joining fellow former defensive starters Desmond Bryant -- a defensive tackle who tied for the Raiders lead with four sacks -- and Philip Wheeler -- a strong-side linebacker who led the team with 109 tackles -- as unrestricted free agents signing elsewhere.
Plus, defensive back Michael Huff, defensive end Dave Tollefson and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey were all cut Tuesday, while middle linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly figure to be on the chopping block as well.
Jason Hunter, a free agent pickup from Denver, figures to compete for time at Shaughnessy's old spot at right defensive end, though Oakland no doubt wants a prototypical edge rusher there.
Shaughnessy was the Raiders' third-round draft pick in 2009 out of Wisconsin and had a breakout second season, when he had seven sacks, 56 tackles and a pass defensed. In four years with the Raiders, he had 123 tackles, 100 solo, with 15 1/2 sacks, in 51 games.