The New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday that they have signed DE Matt Shaughnessy, S Jamal Golden and G Jordan Walsh and waived DT Lawrence Virgil and waived/injured WR Kyle Prater and S Alden Darby. The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Shaughnessy, 6 feet 5, 285 pounds, comes to New Orleans after a six-year career split between the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, the latter of which he spent his final two seasons in the NFL from 2013-14. Over 75 games played with 48 starts, the Norwich, Conn., native has recorded 220 tackles (156 solo), 18.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two passes defensed. The former Badger entered the NFL in 2009 as a third-round selection (71st overall) of the Raiders, and was named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team after posting 29 tackles (26 solo), four sacks and one fumble recovery over 16 games played with two starts. In 2014, his last season played in the NFL, Shaughnessy saw action in eight games with seven starts, posting totals of 24 tackles (16 solo), three tackles for loss and four QB pressures.
Golden, 6-0, 195, joins the Saints after a five-year career at Georgia Tech, where he recorded 169 tackles (115 solo), eight interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 11 passes defensed. As a redshirt senior in 2015, the Wetumpka, Ala., native started all 12 games at strong safety, leading all defensive backs with 64 tackles.
Walsh, 6-4, 290, finished his four-year career at Iowa with 37 career starts, seeing time at both guard positions while with the Hawkeyes. The Glendale Heights, Ill., native made all 14 starts at right guard as a senior in 2015, earning first team All-Big Ten by league coaches, the Associated Press and Phil Steele.