May 29, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Parys Haralson (98) during organized team activities at the San Francisco 49ers training facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Well, that certainly was fast. According to multiple sources, the Saints have acted fast to shore up the loss of Will Smith at OLB.
Parys Haralson is a seven year veteran with experience in the 3-4 system the Saints are implementing this season. He led the NFC West in sacks in 2008 with 8 but has never eclipsed that mark. A mentor to Aldon Smith, and a great locker room guy, Haralson was a 5th round pick by the 49ers in the 2006 NFL draft. He spent last season on injured reserve with a torn triceps and was tabbed as a backup this season, if he made the roster. He has great effort but is not as athletic as the other linebackers ahead of him with the 49ers, or even as some of the linebackers he will compete for playing time with in New Orleans. It is unknown as of the time of this post what the Saints paid to get him.
As Mike Triplett reports, his scouting report seems to be the same as Smith’s at this stage of their careers. He is no upgrade over Smith but has a great chance of getting into the rotation, at best, or becoming a great veteran leader for the remaining young-uns at linebacker. If nothing else, as Mike Triplett says, it stops the bleeding.