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Bills fill punter need after releasing Matt Araiza, reportedly to sign veteran Sam Martin

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports activities

The Buffalo Bills have their punter. On Wednesday, the staff agreed to phrases with veteran punter Sam Martin to a deal, based on the NFL Network. This signing comes off the heels of the Payments chopping rookie Matt Araiza after a civil lawsuit was filed in California that accused him of rape.

Martin finds his strategy to Buffalo after spending the previous two seasons with the Denver Broncos and was reduce earlier this week as groups trimmed down rosters to succeed in the 53-man requirement earlier than Tuesday’s deadline. 

Over the past two seasons in Denver, the 32-year-old averaged 46.4 yards per punt. Final season, Smith was a top-five punter within the league statistically and set the franchise’s all-time document for internet punting. He initially entered the league in 2013 as a fifth-round draft alternative of the Detroit Lions the place he spent the primary seven years of his profession. 

Previous to the accusations in opposition to Araiza turning into public, the 2022 sixth-round select of San Diego State had lately overwhelmed out incumbent Matt Haack for the job. GM Brandon Beane mentioned that the staff did have points getting solutions about Araiza and that this situation was “bigger than football.” 

“There are lots of issues that we couldn’t get our fingers on,” Beane mentioned. “This was about letting Matt go deal with his state of affairs.”

Buffalo will open up the 2022 common season after they journey to Los Angeles to face the Rams on Sept. 8. 

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