Sanford’s deal was first reported by the NFL Network. Terms have not been disclosed, though he played under the veteran minimum salary benefit for the Saints last year.
Sanford’s return became even more important for the Saints when they lost No. 3 safety Rafael Bush to the Detroit Lions over the weekend. Sanford, 30, has been with the Saints since midway through the 2014 season, starting two games and appearing in 22 as a backup safety and core special teams player. He has 28 tackles and one interception with New Orleans.
Sanford saved his best for last in each of the past two seasons. Last year, his late interception set up a game-winning field goal in Week 17 against the Atlanta Falcons. And in 2014, he had 10 tackles in a Week 17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sanford will compete with safeties Vinnie Sunseri, Erik Harris and Alden Darby for roster spots behind starters Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro, though the Saints could potentially still add to the mix through free agency or the draft.
Sanford (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) began his career with the Minnesota Vikings (2009-2013), including three years as a starter. He has 297 career tackles with three interceptions and eight forced fumbles.
The Saints have now re-signed six of their 16 unrestricted free agents. Here's the list of notable offseason transactions so far:
LB Nate Stupar (Atlanta Falcons)
RB Vick Ballard (Colts)
S Erik Harris (CFL)
QB Luke McCown
S Jamarca Sanford
CB Kyle Wilson
G Senio Kelemete (restricted free agent)
FB Austin Johnson (exclusive rights free agent)
Made qualifying offers to RFAs:
TE Josh Hill
S Rafael Bush (Detroit Lions)
CB Chris Owens
QB Matt Flynn
OT Tony Hills