Sam Martin Reportedly Agrees to Contract After Bills Release Matt Araiza

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 1, 2022

Denver Broncos punter Sam Martin (6) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a contract with free-agent punter Sam Martin on Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

It's a one-year deal for Martin, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The former Appalachian State punter had arrived in Buffalo on a visit earlier Wednesday, per ESPN's Field Yates.

That news arrived four days after the Bills released rookie punter Matt Araiza, who is accused in a civil lawsuit of gang-raping a 17-year-old girl last year along with two former San Diego State teammates at an off-campus party.

Martin, 32, served as the Detroit Lions' punter from 2013 to 2019 before moving on to the Broncos (2020-2021). He was released Monday, with Rapoport providing more details.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Broncos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Broncos</a> P Sam Martin is being released today by Denver after indicating he would refuse any pay reduction. He was a top 5 punter statistically in 2021 and set Broncos all-time record for net punting last season. Will have interest.

Martin's 44.1-yard net average per punt ranked fifth in the NFL last season. He also tied for fifth with 28 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The Bills will open the season Sept. 8 at the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.