Sanford enters OTA as starting safety for Vikings

Oct 9, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jamarca Sanford (33) returns an interception during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings began the offseason by re-signing safety Jamarca Sanford to a two-year $5 million deal that includes a $500,000 bonus and $500,000 roster bonus.

Head coach Leslie Frazier says Sanford will enter offseason training activities as a starting safety next to Harrison Smith, according Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Sanford, 27, started 13 games at safety for Minnesota last season and forced a career-high four fumbles.

Mistral Raymond is now expected to be the primary backup safety behind Sanford and Harrison. The team’s version of the Cover 2 defense has position flexibility at safety, with little fundamental differences between the strong and free safety positions.

Topics: Jamarca Sanford, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Helter

    as good as Sanford was at times, he was just as bad the rest of the time. always room to grow and improve, so maybe that will be the case. Raymond played rather well himself as a rookie. we can not go wrong with the three of them (including Smith) in rotation. I’d still draft another safety this year.