Parys Haralson strolled into the locker room just minutes before practice Monday and began offering emotional goodbyes to his 49er teammates.
Haralson has been traded to the New Orleans Saints, as first reported by Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.
One of the team's most tenured players, Haralson has spent all seven of his seasons in San Francisco after getting drafted in the fifth round out of Tennessee in 2006. He was slated to be the primary backup to both Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith prior to getting traded.
Haralson missed all of 2012 after suffering a torn triceps muscle in August. The 49ers could have used a provision that would have allowed Haralson to return off the injured reserve and play in the postseason, but the team didn't elect to use it.
In March, Haralson took a pay cut to remain with the team, slashing his salary from $2.57 million to $1.3 plus $400,000 in incentives. The team went on to draft Corey Lemonier out of Auburn in the third round and signed Dan Skuta in June to provide depth and help on special teams. Cam Johnson will also earn more consideration for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Haralson has played well in his return this summer, becoming one of the standouts on the second unit. His departure allows the team to use Lemonier, a younger and cheaper option with a similar skill set.
Haralson joins the Saints, who just lost outside linebacker Will Smith to a season-ending knee injury in their preseason game against the Houston Texans.
Haralson was tied for fourth in 49ers' team history with 21.5 sacks by a linebacker. He set a career high with eight sacks in 2008.
The Saints will send a seventh-round draft pick in 2014 to the 49ers if Haralson makes the team, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.