The San Francisco 49ers placed Parys Haralson on the trading block earlier today and now they have indeed traded him to the New Orleans Saints. The compensation is not yet known, but a late round pick in 2014 is the likely return.
Haralson was a fifth-round pick in 2006 out of the University of Tennessee and started for the Niners until Aldon Smith took over last year.
Haralson was the third outside linebacker and was thought to have a big role on the defense after returning from being on injured reserve last year. Haralson will join a defense transitioning to the 3-4 with the Saints and will take over for the injured Will Smith and immediately become a starter. He played in 93% of the snaps on defense in 2011 for the 49ers.
The trade of Haralson also opens up a spot on the 53-man roster, a spot likely won by second-year outside linebacker Cam Johnson. The move also means a bigger role for rookie third-round pick Corey Lemonier, who has shown flashes of pass-rush ability in his short time on the field this preseason.
When the official announcement is made and the terms of the deal are released, Niner Noise will have all the updates on the trade and likely ramifications of the deal.