The San Francisco 49ers have announced today, that they have mutually agreed with OLB Parys Haralson on a restructured contract, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The contract would reduce Haralson’s salary from $2.87 million to $1.3 million in 2013. Haralson missed the entire 2012 campaign, due to a “left-arm injury” suffered in a pre-season game, against the Denver Broncos. The injury remained secretive to the general public, until it was later confirmed that Haralson would be placed on injured reserve due to a torn-triceps.
To date, the seven-year veteran has totaled 202 tackles, 21.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. The fifth-round draft pick (140th) in 2006, is the second player to take a pay-cut, the first being WR Mario Manningham last week. The reasoning for restructuring current player’s contracts, is partly due to the 49ers having 14 draft picks, in this year’s draft. The NFL announced that 32 compensatory picks were awarded to 16 teams, the 49ers benefiting from this outcome, pick up a fourth-round (131st), and two seventh-round picks (246 and 252).
With the 49ers now loaded on draft picks, look for them to trade quantity for quality. They have the luxury to trade up in this year’s draft, or trade-down and stock pile more picks for next year’s draft, either way they should come out winners.