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49ers Wish Haralson Well

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Twenty-four hours after news of his trade started to spread, Parys Haralson's coaches and teammates offered their praise and thanks.

When Parys Haralson learned of his trade from the 49ers to the New Orleans Saints on Monday, there were lots of words spoken.

Left guard Mike Iupati asked Haralson when he was flying out of San Francisco. Tight end Garrett Celek asked Haralson where he was flying to. And running back Frank Gore asked his outgoing teammate to not tackle him too hard when the Saints host the 49ers on Nov. 17.

The actions taken seemed louder: Haralson seeking out – and being sought out by – each ‘mate as he was on his way out the door for the last time. Hugs and handshakes were all around.

“Tough to see Parys go,” safety Donte Whitner said nearly 24 hours later Tuesday. “Parys was one of the guys in the locker room everybody liked, but we understand the side of the business. He wanted an opportunity to start; he wanted an opportunity to play and he felt like it was going to happen elsewhere.”

Jim Harbaugh was asked if Haralson, a reserve outside linebacker with the organization since it picked him in the 2006 draft’s fifth round,  requested the trade. The coach only said that the transaction took days to complete.

“He’s a one-of-a-kind guy,” Harbaugh said. “Love Parys for all his service that he gave to the San Francisco 49ers. What you can surmise is that it’s a win-to-win. That’s how we look at it, and that’s how Parys is looking at it: a positive thing for both Parys and our team.”

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio opened his press conference Tuesday with similar sentiments.

“We’re going to miss Parys, wanted to just laud his career here,” Fangio said. “He was a great teammate, a great friend to the organization and a really good player. We’re all happy for him that he’s going to be able to go somewhere else and get more playing time. But we are going to miss him.”

Staying on topic, Fangio said the 49ers newfound depth at the outside linebacker position allowed one of their longest-tenured players to leave.

Offseason addition Dan Skuta “is a very similar player to Parys,” the coach said. Also, 2012 seventh-round pick Cam Johnson “is light years ahead of where he was at this time last year,” while 2013 third-round pick Corey Lemonier continues to emerge in the preseason.

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