Parys Haralson LB NO 2 Months

The Saints are expected to use a rotation of Parys Haralson and Victor Butler at the outside linebacker position opposite Junior Galette.

Haralson is penciled in as the early-down "starter" because he's a proficient edge-setting run defender. Butler will likely play in all sub-packages as the superior pass-rushing force. New Orleans finished with a top-five defense in Rob Ryan's first year as coordinator. The team looks even better on paper this season, with Butler healthy and Jairus Byrd added at free safety.

Parys Haralson LB NO 4 Months

Saints re-signed OLB Parys Haralson.

Parys Haralson LB NO 5 Months

The Packers are "expected to consider" free agent OLB Parys Haralson.

He'd be a depth signing behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, likely replacing Mike Neal. Despite pre-free agency speculation to the contrary, Green Bay GM Ted Thompson has treated this signing period as he always has done, essentially avoiding it. Haralson, 30, had 3.5 sacks last season in New Orleans.

Parys Haralson LB NO 5 Months

The Saints have had "preliminary discussions" about re-signing free agent OLB Parys Haralson.

Haralson, 30, was acquired from the 49ers just ahead of last season and contributed as a run-stuffing 3-4 outside 'backer before suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the Wild Card win over the Eagles. He should come cheap on a short-term deal.

Parys Haralson LB NO 7 Months

Saints placed OLB Parys Haralson on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, ending his season.

Haralson suffered the injury in Saturday's Wild Card win over the Eagles. He'd been setting the edge as a run-stuffing outside linebacker in the Saints' 3-4 defense. The Saints promoted sixth-round rookie OLB Rufus Johnson from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Will Herring will likely bookend Junior Galette at outside 'backer this weekend.

Parys Haralson LB NO 7 Months

The Saints believe OLB Parys Haralson tore a pectoral muscle in Saturday's Wild Card win over the Eagles.

Returning for the Super Bowl wouldn't be realistic. Haralson has been an on-and-off starter for New Orleans this season, providing solid run defense as an edge-setting outside linebacker. The Saints may have to start career special teamer Will Herring opposite Junior Galette moving forward.

Parys Haralson LB NO 7 Months

Saints OLB Parys Haralson left Saturday's Wild Card game against the Eagles with an apparent shoulder injury.

Haralson was injured after tackling Jason Avant at the end of the first half and had to be taken to the locker room for further evaluation. Will Herring has replaced him in the starting lineup.

Parys Haralson LB NO 11 Months

Saints acquired OLB Parys Haralson from the 49ers in exchange for undisclosed compensation.

The Saints are the most desperate team in football when it comes to pass rushers, and this move just confirms it. The 49ers were going to cut Haralson. 29 years old, Haralson didn't play a down last season due to a triceps tear, and hasn't registered more than five sacks in any campaign since 2008. He's a long shot to help New Orleans. Meanwhile, the 49ers are loaded with pass rushers. They have Cam Johnson and rookie Corey Lemonier coming off highly impressive preseasons behind Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks.

Parys Haralson LB NO 11 Months

CSN Bay Area reports the 49ers are shopping OLB Parys Haralson.

It's an indication Haralson will be cut if the 49ers can't find a trade partner. An eight-year veteran, Haralson agreed to slash his 2013 salary from $2.67 million to $1.15 million in March. Haralson missed all of 2012 with a torn triceps.

Parys Haralson LB NO Mar 18 '13

49ers OLB Parys Haralson agreed to a pay cut, slashing his 2013 salary from $2.57 million to $1.3 million.

Haralson has the ability to earn another $400,000 through incentives. The 29-year-old missed the entire 2012 season with a torn triceps muscle, and he was squarely on the roster bubble with the inflated salary. Haralson has 21.5 career sacks, and he'll be a free agent after the 2013 season.