The 49ers recently have indicated they want to get younger. At the OLB position, the team traded veteran OLB Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints for a conditional 7th round draft pick, according to Cam Inman. If Haralson makes the Saints' 53-man roster, they must give a seventh round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the 49ers. The Saints recently took a hit to the LB corps when Will Smith was ruled out for the season with a knee injury and needed a linebacker.
Haralson was seen in the locker room on Monday afternoon saying goodbye to his 49ers teammates and declined to comment on the trade. Before the season started, Haralson was willing to restructure his contract and cut his salary in half from $2.57 million to $1.3 million in order to remain with the team.
“Parys has been a consummate professional throughout his seven years as a 49er,” said general manager Trent Baalke in a statement. “His leadership, work ethic and dedication to our organization, and the Bay Area community, have provided a great example for our locker room. We would like to thank Parys for his many contributions on and off the field and wish him the very best.”
The seven-year veteran OLB spent his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers. Originally a sixth-round draft pick in 2006, Haralson suffered a torn triceps tendon last season and missed the entire 2012 season. When Aldon Smith took his spot as the starting OLB, he set a franchise record of 19.5 sacks.
The reserve outside linebackers who will assume Haralson's former role are Corey Lemonier and Dan Skuta. Seventh-round pick Cam Johnson is also on the depth chart fighting for a roster spot. Lemonier will be getting significant minutes as the team's third outside linebacker.
The 49ers will travel to New Orleans to play the Saints in Week 11 on November 17.