The NFL roster cuts include numerous veterans, and one of them is an old friend. The New Orleans Saints are releasing outside linebacker Parys Haralson two years after they acquired him from the San Francisco 49ers for a seventh round draft pick.
Haralson is 31, and coming off a season in which he had three sacks and seven hurries. PFF graded him negatively in pass rush last season, but graded him very well against the run. He ranked sixth among all outside linebackers (3-4 and 4-3) in run defense.
The 49ers may or may not have Ahmad Brooks at their disposal in 2015, which leaves them with questions at outside linebacker. They have talent, but it is inexperienced. At this point if Brooks does not play, Aaron Lynch would start on one side, and either Corey Lemonier or Eli Harold would start on the other side. We're waiting for final word on roster cuts and whether or not Marcus Rush will stick around.
Whatever happens, a veteran presence might be deemed necessary. Haralson does not have to clear waivers, so he is free to sign as soon as the release is official. There is no word the 49ers will consider him, but if they decide they want some veteran blood, maybe it makes a little bit of sense.