San Francisco 49ers Trade Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints

Courtesy of USA Today: Haralson traded to the Saints.

Courtesy of USA Today: Haralson traded to the Saints.

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.

The emergence of second-year man Cam Johnson coupled with solid play from rookie Corey Lemonier made Haralson expendable in San Francisco.

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.