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