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Raiders reach agreement with Shaw

ALAMEDA, Calif., March 19 (UPI) -- Defensive back Terrence Shaw will join his fourth team in as many years, agreeing to a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Shaw, 28, played primarily at nickel back with the New England Patriots last season and started two games. In New England's Super Bowl XXXVI upset of the St. Louis Rams in February, Shaw was on the field for 80 percent of the snaps as Patriots coach Bill Belichick employed six- and seven-man secondaries nearly the entire game.

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In Oakland, Shaw will likely move into the role of nickel back if Tory James replaces Eric Allen at right cornerback.

The Raiders were also interested in free agent cornerback Duane Starks, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.

A first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1995, Shaw started 67 games in five seasons with them before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2000. After one year with the Dolphins as a nickel back, Shaw signed with the Patriots.

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