Bunkley's agent, Williams Johnson, says his client agreed to lower his base salary by nearly $3 million from the $4.4 million he would have been due in 2015, giving the Saints more flexibility under the NFL's salary cap. A Saints starter for two seasons, Bunkley agreed to a similar deal in 2014, with some salary being converted to a bonus spread over multiple seasons.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus says Sanford, who would have become a free agent, has agreed to a one-year deal and is pleased about continuing his career near his native Mississippi.
Sanford played in six games with New Orleans last season.
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