The 49ers carved out more salary-cap space today when they restructured the final year of Parys Haralson's contract, a league source said. The outside linebacker was due to count $2.87 million against the cap - too much for a non-starter. The new deal gives Haralson a $1.3 million salary with a chance to earn $1.7 million. News of the restructuring first was reported by NFL.com. The 49ers are believed to be a little more than $6 million under the salary cap.
Haralson was a starter from 2007-2011, but he was set to take on a backup role behind up-and-coming Aldon Smith before the 2012 season. It never got that far. Haralson suffered a torn triceps in the third preseason game and was lost for the season. However, he rehabilitated every day at the 49ers facility, went on road trips and remained a part of the 49ers' locker room, which is partly why the team wanted him back this year.
The team's OLB starters are Smith and Ahmad Brooks. Haralson and a pair of 2012 draft picks, Darius Fleming and Cam Johnson, will compete for backup roles with any other pass rushers the 49ers acquire in the offseason.
Newly acquired receiver Anquan Boldin is expected to make his first appearance in the Bay Area Wednesday when he takes his physical. There's a possibility that Boldin, who is due to make $6 million in 2013, will extend his contract, which also could create more salary-cap space for San Francisco.
-- Matt Barrows