Saints cut Parys Haralson

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As the Saints work on improving their defense, they’ll try to secure some addition by subtraction.

Veteran linebacker Parys Haralson has been released, according to multiple reports.

Traded to the Saints in August 2013, he appeared in 32 regular-season games with 20 starts, including 6.5 sacks. The Saints needed Haralson because Will Smith had suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Haralson signed a new contract with the Saints in February, which paid out an $80,000 signing bonus with $270,000 in guaranteed money.

The Saints presumably will get credit for the $270,000 if Haralson, 31, lands elsewhere.