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49ers trade Parys Haralson to Saints

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Parys Haralson is heading from San Francisco to New Orleans.

Haralson has been traded by the 49ers to the Saints, according to the San Jose Mercury News. There’s no immediate word on what the Saints gave up to acquire Haralson.

Haralson did not speak to reporters, but teammates confirmed that they had learned he was on the way to the Saints.

“He was a good mentor, taught me a lot and best of luck to him in New Orleans,” Aldon Smith said.

Haralson has spent his entire career in San Francisco since the 49ers chose him in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL draft. He started all 16 games in 2011 but missed the entire 2012 season with a torn triceps tendon.

In New Orleans, Haralson is expected to step in and fill the starting outside linebacker spot vacated by Will Smith, who suffered a season-ending injury on Saturday.

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  1. explosionsauce says: Aug 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    Best of luck Parys “Don’t call me Woody” Haralson. I guess the niners figured they got by fine without him last year. Hope their depth isn’t tested.

  2. dagon27 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    Smart move for both sides. Curious to know the compensation though.

  3. wayupsouth says: Aug 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    While I hope we didn’t cough up too much for the guy, we need the help, and this dude looked like a beast against the Vikings the other night. Anything helps. That defense was tragic last year.

  4. willbow5253 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    I hope we are handsomely compensated. Haralson is a VERY solid player and is now going to a conference rival. No shame not starting on a team with two All-Pro’s at the position.

  5. mrlynch33 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    Saints are getting a solid replacement for Smith. Will be missed.

  6. elliottcovert says: Aug 26, 2013 9:07 PM

    The 49ers linebacker corps is already absurdly loaded with Willis, Bowman, Smith, and Ahmad Brooks. All four were All-Pros, and three were First Teamers. Haralson was just a depth/relief guy.

    This move also makes sense for the Saints. Will Smith was too big to be a linebacker in my opinion, and they’ll be getting a player with experience in the 3-4 defense.

    A good move all around.

  7. hunter7389 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:07 PM

    He will be a good fit in New Orleans. Not a superstar but very solid. Wonder what the price was?

  8. sactown9er916 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:09 PM

    He’ll fit in perfectly. Saints fan, you got a good player. Best of luck Parys.

  9. thesmartest1 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    I’d keep my house by the Frisco Bay.

  10. frankgarrett says: Aug 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    Vikings Suck

  11. breakingb says: Aug 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    I’m thankful Saints were able to work something out with the 9ers, hopefully 9ers scored one of our rookie WRs, I’ll be sad if its Andy Tanner.

  12. kevjac1222 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:13 PM

    That didn’t take long

  13. sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 26, 2013 9:14 PM

    Harbaugh and Fangio must like what they see from Corey Lemonier and Cam Johnson. Still, I don’t know what to make of this trade until compensation is known.

  14. iberiasaint says: Aug 26, 2013 9:15 PM

    I hope its not WR Tanner.

  15. dagon27 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:16 PM

    Not a double digit sack guy, but solid nonetheless and stellar in run support.

  16. dirtyjersey9er says: Aug 26, 2013 9:17 PM

    The 49ers being willing to trade Haralson shows more about how well Lemonier, Skuta, and Johnson have been playing in the pre-season than anything about Haralson. Underrated OLB and the Saints got a heck of a player.

  17. norcalsportsknowledge says: Aug 26, 2013 9:18 PM

    Parys looks hungry, I predict a big year. Hope niners get good value. I’d want a 4th rd pick in 2015 draft.

  18. cali49er707 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:20 PM

    More playing time for Cory Lemonier. Which isnt a bad thing.Lemonier is a pass rushing specialist. Kind of surprising though since Haralson was having a solid pre- season. Good luck Parys except when you play the 9ERS.

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 26, 2013 9:21 PM

    Somehow it seems fitting that a guy named Parys ends up in a place where bastardized French is still spoken by some locals.

  20. sitbackandwatch says: Aug 26, 2013 9:21 PM

    Saints are deep with talent at WR, maybe Andy Tanner or Preston Parker.

  21. swaggyy says: Aug 26, 2013 9:21 PM

    There goes the Niners super bowl chances. Actually, I think that ship has already sailed a while ago

  22. goldrush36 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:21 PM

    Saints most likely got the better end of this deal. Haralson is underrated and a quality player. Lemonier is more like Aldon though than Haralson is and he has had a pretty good start for someone that was supposed to be a project. Good luck Parys.. class act

  23. decon49 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:22 PM

    Looks like lemonier has impressed so far. Aldon Jr

  24. sheriffrickgrimes says: Aug 26, 2013 9:22 PM

    What?! Danny Tanner’s kid brother Andy is an NFL WR? Waaaake Up San Francisco!

  25. sfsaintsfan says: Aug 26, 2013 9:24 PM

    He was a solid player for the Niners and was caught up in a numbers game in SF. He was not going to start and likely would have been inactive on game day while younger backup players at his position would have been active on game day and playing special teams. He never would have seen the field.

    In New Orleans, he will be a starter in 3 weeks.

    Hope he helps the Saints Defense, would be great if he was the player that helped put them into the #1 seed in the NFC.

  26. pop562 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:26 PM

    This trade makes a lot of sense because Haralson is a solid starter on any team that needs a 3-4 linebacker. He’s good at stopping the run and he’s a solid pass rusher…he’s not going to give you double digit sacks but he can rush the QB and he’s solid in pass coverage. With Aldon Smith and Brooks as the starter, Haralson needed to go to a team that will start him and the Saints fit the bill.

  27. dirtyjersey9er says: Aug 26, 2013 9:27 PM

    Saints fans just don’t expect double digit sacks but he is a guy who can put pressure on the QB which is just as key. Again he is stellar against the run.

  28. rt61 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:32 PM

    I don’t see the 9ers taking a WR in the trade. They would have to subject him to waivers when Manningham comes back. Crabtree thereafter.

  29. alldonesmith says: Aug 26, 2013 9:35 PM

    This made too much sense not to happen. Really hope we got at least a fourth rounder though, Haralson was an awesome backup and could start on many, many teams in this league.

    Saints fans, you just got a heck of an OLB for your new 3-4.

  30. danospleasanton says: Aug 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    Best of luck PH! I was sad to hear he was on the trading block. Glad he is going to a good team and will start. Good solid man and solid player. You got a good player Saints fans.

  31. eastkoast49er says: Aug 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    Frees up some cap room for Aldon, Iupati, Kaepernick and Crabtree

  32. u4iadman says: Aug 26, 2013 9:49 PM

    Oh, he’s a LB….be nice to start the article with the relevant info….

  33. sonoco says: Aug 26, 2013 9:49 PM

    Lemonier already looks more explosive than Haralson ever was.

  34. decon49 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:52 PM

    why do a majority of my comments get deleted?
    ive seen others complain of the same thing

  35. lottsmissingfinger says: Aug 26, 2013 9:53 PM

    Good move for both teams. NO gets a solid, team-first OLB for their transition to the 3-4. SF gets some kind of compensation, only have to cut 14 players to get to the temporary limit and can get the younger, cheaper Lemonier more playing time.

  36. mikeypanic says: Aug 26, 2013 9:55 PM

    solid pro

    good luck in NO

  37. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Aug 26, 2013 9:55 PM

    Always enjoyed his “two goats in a pepper patch” radio spots. Solid addition for the Saints.

  38. theimmaculatedeception says: Aug 26, 2013 9:56 PM

    Lemonier is a BEAST!

  39. bcajun says: Aug 26, 2013 10:03 PM

    Awesome ryan has another toy on our defense…can only make it better

  40. rickyspanish says: Aug 26, 2013 10:06 PM


    How is it a good deal for both sides if the compensation is unknown?

  41. handsomehawk says: Aug 26, 2013 10:24 PM

    Who cares..Whiners had their chance..NEXT

  42. uptjeff says: Aug 26, 2013 10:48 PM

    Talent-wise, this guy is better than Will Smith.

  43. gumerk says: Aug 26, 2013 10:51 PM

    Happy to get this guy, but please…please don’t let the compensation be Andy Tanner

  44. gr87ad says: Aug 26, 2013 10:56 PM

    As a Niner fan I’m sad to see him go but also glad he gets a shot to actually play. He would have been great to keep around for depth.. But it makes sense for both sides. Best of luck to you Parys! Just hope you don’t set the edge well when the two teams face off against each other.

  45. silentcount says: Aug 26, 2013 10:58 PM

    So, he has practiced against the 49ers offense and grew up as a Saints fan? Hmmm, should be a good addition for at least one game this year.

  46. igocommando says: Aug 26, 2013 11:04 PM

    frankgarret sucks as well.

  47. harrisbarton says: Aug 26, 2013 11:07 PM

    Another 49ers fan who thinks that the Saints got a really good player. Solid against the run, able to rush the passer, team player, all-around good guy. He should step right into a starting role.

  48. dirtysouthniner says: Aug 26, 2013 11:21 PM

    Great in run support and a heck of a pro.. no off field issues, great team mate (by all accounts) and well liked. Good luck sir!

  49. bobbob1eye says: Aug 26, 2013 11:24 PM

    Worried we gave up Tanner? After Graham, Colston, Moore, Sproles, Stills, Thomas, Toon, and possibly Watson, he’s our next best option in the passing game. I would love it if that’s all we gave up, but I doubt it.

  50. norcalmafia says: Aug 26, 2013 11:26 PM

    Knowing Baalke..He probably raped the Saints for a high draft pick..Solid player though..8-9 sacks a year..Good for both sides..

  51. exhelodrvr says: Aug 26, 2013 11:30 PM

    Cap space. It’s a calculated gamble – the middle-of-the-pack players cost too much for what you will get from them, relative to draft picks, assuming that you have reasonable luck with injuries.

  52. beastmode5150 says: Aug 26, 2013 11:54 PM

    Bobby Wagner isn’t impressed.

  53. thestillcity says: Aug 26, 2013 11:57 PM

    Word is it’s a 7th Round pick, and that’s a great deal for the Saints — Haralson was a solid piece on a great defense for years before Aldon Smith brought another pass rushing dimension. He’s a really great run defender.

    The 49ers have, like, 16 picks in next year’s draft — not exaggerating.

  54. buckethead1 says: Aug 26, 2013 11:58 PM

    How bout that clown who ran back the kickoff and received 2 unsportsmanlike penalties on the same play..Harbaugh should have cut him immediately..

  55. mayorstafford says: Aug 27, 2013 12:52 AM

    For a 7th rounder!!! That’s it!!

  56. macklinr61 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:53 AM

    Another salary cap motivated move for a team with the luxury of many good players and not enough money to pay them all. Have a great contract year season, Parys!

  57. norcalsportsknowledge says: Aug 27, 2013 1:14 AM

    Terrible trade, I here it’s for a 7th rd pick next yr., so for a player who has little chance to make the team. They r barely saving any $ for a guy that looked like he could contribute a lot.

  58. sfniners4life says: Aug 27, 2013 1:39 AM

    I think the play of Lemonier led to this traded. It’s not just I’m a auburn fan but I realized he was a steal when drafted. He great about being first of the line and his pure athletic ability makes him perfect for the niners scheme. He played good on a crappy def in the sec. Auburn could cover to save there life the last year but he still blew by the high pick Oline men from sec. Depth could be a issue but I’m sure haraslon brought decent picks to come. Brooks really step up after the injury last year and showed he need to be on the other side of Aldon.

  59. illinininer says: Aug 27, 2013 2:00 AM

    Great at setting the edge against the run. Good enough against the pass to get by. Very solid player but wouldn’t have made the final 53 – 49ers are looking to the future at a lot of positions. Best of luck in New Orleans!

  60. shadow1018 says: Aug 27, 2013 2:06 AM

    League source says compensation is a 7th round pick “if” he makes the team. Unlike last year’s trade for Barrett Rudd this pick is protected. He’ll make the team. Good trade for the Saints!!

  61. alldonesmith says: Aug 27, 2013 2:23 AM

    A 7th rounder? Are you kidding me? Looks like Baalke got Baalke’d by Loomis this time. I give this trade a D. Congrats Saints fans, you got the better end of this one for sure.

  62. richiesaurus310 says: Aug 27, 2013 2:25 AM

    Solid move all around.

  63. jss86 says: Aug 27, 2013 2:28 AM

    The fact that the haralson was expendable to the niners should make every offense in the nfc afraid… Verrrrry afraid.

  64. redstar504 says: Aug 27, 2013 2:41 AM

    7th round pick I believe not bad for a guy set to be cut

  65. thegaterecords says: Aug 27, 2013 2:54 AM

    Traded for a 7th round pick

  66. 64post says: Aug 27, 2013 2:56 AM

    It’s a 7th rounder, that’s all folks.

  67. forever9ers says: Aug 27, 2013 3:35 AM

    Reportedly the Niners are getting a 2014 7th round pick on condition that Haralson makes the Saints’ opening roster. That seems real low for a solid starting caliber outside LB.

  68. deertay says: Aug 27, 2013 4:21 AM

    Nice. Will Smith looked ridiculously awkward playing OLB.

  69. sb44champs says: Aug 27, 2013 8:17 AM

    I’m surprised the 9ers made the trade with the Saints being an NFC rival but I’m pretty sure the 9ers got a little better for it too… Saints and 9ers will be amongst the last NFC teams standing in January..

  70. letmesetyoustraight says: Aug 27, 2013 8:25 AM

    It’s coming out now that the Saints gave up a 7th round pick for him.

  71. 49erstim says: Aug 27, 2013 8:35 AM

    I really hate to see PH go. Darn good run stuffer. Like others have stated it would be nice to know the compensation.

  72. 49erstim says: Aug 27, 2013 8:45 AM

    A 7th round draft pick if Parys makes the roster. That’s a steal IMHO. Saints fans, you gave up nothing for a starting-calibre LB.

  73. sb44champs says: Aug 27, 2013 10:19 AM

    AT least the 9ers got something (7th rounder), they would have had to release him anyway since they’re so deep at OLB…

  74. unex9885 says: Aug 27, 2013 4:22 PM

    7th rounder?? Wow… Im a little disappointed

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