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Saints bring back former safety (and safety net) Rafael Bush

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints are getting the band back together. Well, their favorite backup singers, anyway.

One day after re-signing former backup quarterback Chase Daniel, the Saints agreed to a deal with former backup safety/special teams standout Rafael Bush, a source confirmed. The news was first reported by the New Orleans Advocate.

Bush, 29, spent last season with the Detroit Lions after spending four years in New Orleans. He essentially played the same role in both places as a No. 3 safety/part-time starter/core special-teams player. He played all 16 games in Detroit with four starts, 53 tackles and a career-high two interceptions -- one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Terms: Not immediately available.

Grade B-plus: Go with what you know, right? Bush is about as solid as it gets when it comes to his utility role as a safety/safety net on the field. And the Saints know he fits well in the locker room, where he is well-liked and respected.

What it means: Bush will probably be penciled in as the No. 3 safety behind veteran Kenny Vaccaro and 2016 second-rounder Vonn Bell after they released Jairus Byrd earlier in the month. But that has been a valuable role in New Orleans, which often features three-safety packages. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Bush started 13 games for the Saints from 2013 to 2014 before suffering a broken fibula midway through the 2014 season and a pectoral injury that limited him to just one game in 2015. He should also play a key role on special teams, possibly as a gunner as he has in the past. This move doesn't automatically mean that the Saints won't bring another longtime favorite, Roman Harper. But there is less of a need for Harper now.

What's the risk? Assuming this deal won't break the bank, there's really no risk at all. However, the Saints might not have room for all of the veteran backup safety/special-teamers they've been signing this offseason. They also re-signed Chris Banjo and Shiloh Keo earlier this month, and last year's Canadian Football League find, Erik Harris, is returning from a torn ACL.