The San Francisco 49ers have traded linebacker Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints, according to Can Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.
It is not known what compensation the 49ers received in return. Haralson will be a candidate to replace Will Smith as the Saints’ outside linebacker, as Smith will be out for the season with an ACL injury.
Haralson sat out the entire 2012 season with a torn triceps muscle after starting all 16 games in 2011, when he recorded 30 tackles, two sacks, and three forced fumbles.He was drafted by the 49ers in the fifth round in 2006. His best season came in 2008 when he led the NFC West with eight sacks.
He is also one of the veterans on the team, with only Frank Gore, Andy Lee, and Brian Jennings being with the team for a longer period of time.
However, the 49ers believe that they have excellent depth at outside linebacker with Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks. They also have cheaper alternatives to backup their two starters in Dan Skuta, rookie Corey Lemonier, and Cam Johnson.
Haralson took a pay cut last season, giving up more than $1 million in salary. In 86 career games with the 49ers, Haralson has recorded 202 tackles and 21.5 sacks. He was a starter from 2007-2011 before the injury.
He bid adieu to his teammates on Monday, and did not speak to reporters.