Originally posted by buck:
Haralson took a huge pay cut and will be a free agent next year.
The chances he gets cut are slim and next to none.
The team can, and in my opinon should, carry four outside linebackers.
So do you cut another young prospect in Fleming to hold on to aging Haralson for a year???
Parys Haralson is an experienced veteran who will provide quality depth next year. You only replace him if Darius Fleming shows he is ready to handle the duties of a starter. You can't keep Fleming simply because he is young, he has to be capable of being a starter since one injury could make him one. I think it's safe to assume Lemonier wont be ready to handle full time duties for at least a year, similar to Aldon Smith. This makes it a two man battle for the third spot on the depth chart. I assume Haralson will win the position with his experience, but nonetheless the battle between these two should be an exciting one in preseason.
Definitely more of a natural pass rusher than Fleming. Fleming's very athletic and strong but not a great pass rusher. He sets the edge very well which makes him a good replacement for Parys. Corey will be used to rush the passer, Fleming will be used in a similar capacity to Parys, if Darius sticks around. The two guys we got today are two guys who can kill the QB on third down, I would not expect to see Fleming in on 3rd downs. I could see him spelling our OLBs if tired on first or second downs and contributing big on ST. Corey is just the more talented player in my eyes.
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