New Orleans Saints re-sign safety Jamarca Sanford

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Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (43) runs as New Orleans Saints strong safety Jamarca Sanford (33) dives to tackle him during the fourth quarter in a preseason NFL football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated New Orleans Saints 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (43) runs as New Orleans Saints strong safety Jamarca Sanford (33) dives to tackle him during the fourth quarter in a preseason NFL football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated New Orleans Saints 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints have re-signed free agent safety and special-teamer Jamarca Sanford, according to reports.

The New Orleans Saints and Sanford agreed to a one-year deal, per Rand Getlin of NFL Network.  The club initially signed in the middle of the 2014 season, where appeared in six games, starting two and totaling 14 tackles in place of Kenny Vaccaro, who found himself in a bit of a sophomore slump that year.

Sanford, 30, was drafted out of Ole Miss by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft and played there until 2014.  Before joining New Orleans, he spent part of the 2014 season with the Washington Redskins.

Sanford, a major contributor on special teams, played in all 16 games for the New Orleans Saints in 2015, totaling 14 combined tackles, an interception, and a pass defended.

With him rejoining the team, the Saints now have six safeties under contract for the 2016 season — Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Jamarca Sanford, Vinnie Sunseri, Alden Darby, and Erik Harris.  Former safety Rafael Bush, who missed all of 2015 after suffering a Week 1 injury, signed with the Detroit Lions last week.

Sanford also marks the sixth unrestricted free agent the New Orleans Saints have decided to bring back since March 9. He adds solid depth as a presence in the secondary and on special teams.

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