Report: Saints get Parys Haralson Updated: August 26, 2013, 10:44 PM ET
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A person with knowledge of the trade says the San Francisco 49ers have sent linebacker Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints, who are in desperate need at the position as a pair of would-be starters are sidelined with knee injuries
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because neither team had announced the trade. It wasn't clear what compensation the 49ers would receive in return.
Haralson departed San Francisco team headquarters Monday night after saying his goodbyes before the team began a late practice, acknowledging that he had been traded while providing no further details other than, "I'm outta here."
Saints outside linebacker Will Smith will be sidelined for the season with a knee injury
, he confirmed to ESPN's Ed Werder via text message. Victor Butler also is recovering from knee surgery that will sideline him most or all of the season.
The Mercury News first reported the trade was with New Orleans.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
The Saints have a major need at OLB. Parys Haralson could well have been their best available option. It is hard to play the 3-4 without good outside linebackers.
Baalke is not an idiot. We get at least a 5th round pick? Maybe two picks over two years.