The New Orleans Saints continue to have an impressive off-season thanks to general manager Mickey Loomis.
The team announced that they re-signed linebacker Parys Haralson to a one-year contract today.
Haralson finished out the 2013 season playing in all 16 games for the Saints with 30 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a pass defense. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve after the division playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, where he tore his pectoral muscle. We’d miss him desperately against the Seattle Seahawks. He was acquired from the San Francisco 49ers after Victor Butler went down with injury, and ended up being an impressive bargain, as the team sent their seventh round pick for him.
I am fairly high on Haralson, as I ranked him as the #7 priority in free agency for the team. Here’s what I had to say about him back in January.
2014 Outlook: I think Haralson should be back on the team, there’s no question about it. Yes, the team is due to get Victor Butler back, but Haralson is a huge presence as a run-stuffing linebacker. If he’s okay with a decent contract ($1.5-2.5M sounds right) and keeping his role on primarily rushing situations, this would be a huge win for the Saints. I’m a huge fan of Haralson, and you have to appreciate his contributions for a guy who didn’t play in 2012 due to injury.
Haralson is likely to back up Victor Butler this season, but it will be interesting to see how younger linebackers Kyle Knox and Rufus Johnson fare in the Rob Ryan scheme in 2014.