News, notes from Day 2 & 3 of free agency

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
2:45
PM ET
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Wednesday night closed with a flurry of free-agent activity – and we’re not even talking about the Rodger Saffold ordeal.

The Arizona Cardinals were busy as the sun set on Day 2 of free agency, re-signing a couple of players and bringing two new faces on board.
  • According to Kent Somers of AZCentral.com, the Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract with outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy. And according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Shaughnessy visiting New England on Wednesday, which, if the timeline of events is correct, means Shaughnessy agreed to the deal either during or right after his visit to New England.However, it’s likely that the Cardinals re-signed Shaughnessy after hearing that former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Al Woods, who was scheduled to visit Arizona on Friday, signed with Tennessee on Wednesday.
  • The Cardinals announced the re-signing of linebacker Marcus Benard to a one-year contract. He had 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 12 games.
  • Arizona also signed running back Jonathan Dwyer, who played the past four seasons with Pittsburgh, and guard/center Ted Larsen, who played the past four seasons with Tampa Bay. It’s likely that Larsen’s signing means the end of Mike Gibson’s tenure with the Cardinals.
  • ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan reported that former Cardinals tight end Jim Dray signed with the Cleveland Browns.
  • Another note from Thursday: Cardinals general manager Steve Keim confirmed on the radio that former Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn is visiting Arizona.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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