Prior to missing the entire 2012 season due to injury, Parys Haralson was a key element of the San Francisco 49ers defense for the previous five years. The outside linebacker recorded 21.5 sacks from 2007-2011. Reports from multiple outlets indicate that San Francisco has traded Haralson to the New Orleans Saints, who just recently lost Will Smith for the season to a torn ACL.
New Orleans defense is in the midst of switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under new coordinator Rob Ryan and needed to find someone who could provide a consistent pass rush.
It remains to be seen exactly what San Francisco received in return. Common logic suggests a mid-to-late round pick.
We will have updates as the information becomes available.
At the very least, San Francisco saves over $1 million against the cap with this deal, money that could be used to help extend a player prior to the season.