Safety Jamarca Sanford was re-signed by the Saints on Thursday. Sanford was a late season addition to the team in 2014 due to the numerous injuries the Saints suffered at the safety position. He played in 6 games, starting 2. He had a total of 14 tackles with 12 of them unassisted. The contract is likely to be at the veteran minimum. Sanford contributes both on defense and special teams. He is welcome depth at the strong safety position after Rafael Bush left in free agency.
Sanford was originally a seventh round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings out of the University of Mississippi. He has played in 95 games with 46 starts in seven seasons with three clubs and has posted totals of 332 tackles (228 solo), one sack, three interceptions, 15 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 57 special teams stops and one coverage forced fumble.
Since joining the Saints in 2014, Sanford appeared in 22 games with two starts and recording 24 tackles (15 solo), one interception, one pass defensed and 13 special teams stops. In 2015, he played in all 16 games and posted nine stops including a glorious fourth quarter interception in the season finale at Atlanta to set up the game-winning field goal.