SANTA CLARA -- Parys Haralson exchanged farewell hugs and handshakes with about 30 players in the 49ers locker room after the veteran linebacker was traded Monday to the New Orleans Saints.

As he exited, Haralson cordially deferred comment to the 49ers' front office, other than to say: "I'm outta here."

The 49ers would not confirm the deal until it becomes official. They are expected to fetch a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.

"He was a good mentor, taught me a lot, and best of luck to him in New Orleans," Aldon Smith said.

Smith replaced Haralson in the starting lineup last season at right outside linebacker, and Smith produced a franchise-record 191/2 sacks. Haralson started 68 games in six seasons before sitting out 2012 with a torn triceps.

Haralson's exit came a few hours after the 49ers cut five players: quarterback Scott Tolzien, offensive lineman Al Netter, punter Colton Schmidt, linebacker Joe Holland and running back D.J. Harper. The 49ers must cut 11 more players by 1 p.m. Tuesday to reach the 75-man limit.

Among those who shook Haralson's hand inside a stunned locker room was running back Frank Gore, who then shouted: "We play you. Be easy on me, dog." The 49ers visit New Orleans on Nov. 17.

Haralson played just 12 snaps in Sunday's exhibition win at Minnesota, after producing a sack and blocked punt the previous game at Kansas City. Last exhibition season, he tore his triceps and immediately was placed on injured reserve. Coach Jim Harbaugh said he regretted that season-ending transaction and wished Haralson could have returned in the 49ers' Super Bowl run.


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Originally selected by the 49ers in 2006 as a fifth-round draft pick out of Tennessee, Haralson will join a Saints team that lost outside linebacker Will Smith to a season-ending knee injury Saturday. Haralson had 211/2 career sacks in 86 games.

Earlier this year, Haralson agreed to reduce his base salary to $1.15 million. Without Haralson, Aldon Smith and fellow starter Ahmad Brooks likely will be backed up by offseason acquisition Dan Skuta, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, and rookie Corey Lemonier, a third-round draft pick. Also on the roster is Cam Johnson, a 2012 seventh-round pick.

Haralson was highly regarded by his teammates and had the fifth-longest tenure among them, trailing Brian Jennings (2000, seventh-round pick), Andy Lee (2004, fourth round), Gore (2005, third round) and Vernon Davis (2006, first round).

  • Tolzien was the No. 3 quarterback behind Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick the past two seasons. "Scott was a technician of the game," said rookie B.J. Daniels, who is vying for that No. 3 role with recently acquired veteran Seneca Wallace. "I admired how Scott took notes and how he transferred that knowledge to the practice field."

    Tolzien did not play in Sunday night's exhibition win over the Vikings after experiencing back spasms in practice last week. He completed 18 of 34 passes (team-low 52.9 percentage) for 188 yards with no touchdowns and one interception through two exhibitions.

    Tolzien was claimed off waivers from the San Diego Chargers after the 2011 exhibition season, and he's never played in a regular-season or postseason game.

    Harbaugh announced after Sunday's game that Colt McCoy would be Kaepernick's top backup.

  • Rookie Quinton Patton quickly stated his case for joining what likely will start out as a five-deep wideout corps. Patton's debut Sunday included a game-high four receptions for 35 yards, including a 19-yard catch on third-and-10 and a 5-yard touchdown grab on Kaepernick passes.

    "Hey, balls came my way and I tried to make a play for my team," Patton said.

    Added Kaepernick: "He is someone that is easy to have chemistry with. He knows where windows are in defenses. He knows how to get open."

  • Guard Joe Looney said he meant no harm on a block that injured Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams. "I was playing to the whistle, and when I was throwing the block, I didn't want to take out his knee," Looney said. "I've been coached to go 110 percent to make this team."

    He was glad to hear tests revealed no ligament damage. Williams suffered a hyperextended right knee, and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said after the game the team would probably send video to the NFL for possible punishment, according to The Associated Press.