Parys Haralson: Will Newly Acquired Linebacker Make the New Orleans Saints?
The New Orleans Saints acquired outside linebacker Parys Haralson to bring in some much needed depth at linebacker. After learning that linebacker Will Smith would be out for the season with a torn ACL, the Saints moved quickly to acquire Haralson. The Saints traded a 2014 seventh round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for Haralson.
Haralson spent the last seven seasons with the 49ers, but the team was looking to cut him since they are so stacked with good pass rushers. If Haralson makes the team he should provide the Saints with some depth on the defensive line, and could help in a rotational role. Haralson has 21.5 career sacks, but was only able to record two sacks in the 2011 season. Haralson missed all of last season with a triceps injury
With the Saints, Haralson could see some more playing time and with his wealth of NFL experience, it could serve him well with the Saints. Not only will Haralson bring experience to the Saints’ young defensive line, but he will also be a great locker room presence. His former teammate, Aldon Smith, had this to say about Haralson, “He was a good mentor, taught me a lot and best of luck to him in New Orleans.”
Since the Saints gave up a seventh round pick to get Haralson, perhaps they should sign him at least for this season. One thing is for sure, the Saints are desperate for pass rushers and hopefully Haralson can help the team out.
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