San Francisco 49ers: Ricky Jean-Francois

Defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois, a seventh-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2009 who spent the first four years of his NFL career with the team before leaving for the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, will visit with the Niners, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan has confirmed.

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The meeting makes sense in that Jean Francois’ position coach with the Niners was Jim Tomsula, the team's new head coach, and Tomsula confirmed last week at the NFL combine that the Niners would be staying in a 3-4 defensive alignment.

Jean Francois, who was cut by the Colts on Monday with two years remaining on his four-year, $22 million contract, had career highs in tackles (28) and sacks (three) last season. And with uncertainty over defensive end Justin Smith’s future, the Niners could do worse than to bring in a veteran who already knows the landscape in Santa Clara.

In Indianapolis, Jean Francois played primarily defensive tackle in the Colts' 3-4 defense. With the Niners, Jean Francois was primarily a nose tackle and started five of the 50 games he appeared in and had a combined three sacks and 49 tackles.

Jean Francois, 28, is also reportedly set to visit with Washington.
The San Francisco 49ers' Parys Haralson dominated against the Kansas City Chiefs' backups during a preseason game this summer. The veteran outside linebacker could presumably start for some other 3-4 teams as a contributor on early downs, but he was less important to a 49ers team featuring four 2012 Associated Press All-Pro selections, including three first-teamers.

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And so the 49ers reached agreement Monday on a trade sending Haralson to the New Orleans Saints, according to reporters who saw Haralson saying goodbye to teammates before practice. The deal, not yet announced by the 49ers and for compensation that has not yet been reported, made sense for New Orleans after the team lost veteran Will Smith to a season-ending knee injury against Houston over the weekend. The Saints are implementing a base 3-4 defense under new coordinator Rob Ryan.

Trading Haralson will save the 49ers $1.3 million in cash and cap space, Brian McIntyre notes. That is more money than the 49ers wanted to pay Haralson as a backup and the same amount Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield was set to earn when his team released him earlier this offseason).

Haralson, 29, started all 16 games in 2011 before suffering a torn triceps tendon during training camp before the 2012 season. He missed the 2012 season. Haralson started between 11 and 16 games for five consecutive seasons after playing sparingly as a rookie fifth-round choice in 2006.

Haralson joins A.J. Jenkins, Delanie Walker, Dashon Goldson, Ricky Jean-Francois, Isaac Sopoaga and Alex Smith as 49ers draft choices to leave the roster this offseason. He became expendable in the team's eyes after San Francisco used a 2013 third-round choice for outside linebacker Corey Lemonier. Aldon Smith, who collected 19.5 sacks last season, replaced Haralson on passing downs in 2011 and would have started in 2012 even if Haralson had been healthy.

Haralson set a career high with eight sacks in 2008. He had two in 2011, when he played 49 percent of the snaps and played primarily at right outside linebacker in base personnel.

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