Bills sign replacement for punter Matt Araiza, who was released amid rape allegation

Four days after launching novice punter Matt Araiza in the middle of a rape claims, the Buffalo Bills have actually discovered his replacement.

The Bills revealed on Wednesday that they have actually signed seasoned punter Sam Martin to a one-year offer. Martin, 32, has actually played 9 seasons in the NFL, most just recently with the Denver Broncos. The Detroit Lions chosen Martin in the 5th round of the 2013 draft. He played 7 seasons in Detroit prior to investing the last 2 seasons in Denver.

Among punters with a minimum of 35 punts, Martin ranked 4th with a net average of 44.1 lawns per punt last season. The Broncos launched Martin on Monday after he apparently declined to take a pay cut in favor of unverified second-year pro Corliss Waitman, who has 7 punts for his NFL profession.

Martin’s release showed to be a break for the Bills after the unanticipated release of Araiza, whom the group invested a sixth-round draft badger in April. Nicknamed the Punt God, Araiza was understood for his growing kicks at San Diego State. He made headings with an 82-yard punt for the Bills in his preseason launching.

The Bills launched Matt Araiza in the middle of a claims that he participated in gang rape while a trainee at San Diego State. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The Bills launched Araiza on Saturday after a female submitted a civil match declaring that he and after that-San Diego State colleagues Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko raped her at an off-campus celebration at Araiza’s house in 2021 when she was 17 years of ages. Neither Araiza nor his colleagues were detained in the supposed occurrence.

Bills basic supervisor Brandon Beane stated on Saturday that the group wasn’t familiar with the claims up until alerted of the pending lawsuits in July. Beane stated the group waited to launch Araiza up until discovering more info.

“With the serious nature of the allegations, we don’t have the means to put all the facts together,” Beane stated on Saturday. “There’s multiple versions of what happened and [Bills head coach Sean McDermott] is a football coach, and I’m a GM. We don’t have access to everything, and that’s more important than playing football.”

Araiza and his household keep that he is innocent of the charges.



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