The Buffalo Bills had an unexpected roster issue arise last week due to a terrible situation.

Buffalo released punter Matt Araiza this past weekend in response to a civil lawsuit that was filed against Araiza and two of his former San Diego State teammates.

The lawsuit alleges that Araiza and his two former teammates gang raped a minor. The three are accused of rape, gender violence, and false imprisonment.

Prior to details of the lawsuit becoming public, Buffalo waived punter Matt Haack. That move essentially handed Araiza the punter job for the Bills.

Buffalo obviously needs a new punter now and a pretty good one became available on Monday.

The Tennessee Titans released long-time punter Brett Kern on Monday morning. Kern is a three-time Pro-Bowler (2017 to 2019) that has been in the league since 2008.

Kern grew up near Buffalo, which makes for an easy connection between him and the Bills.

That connection could be important if Buffalo decides to seriously pursue Kern.

Because Kern is an NFL veteran, he’s not subject to waivers. That means he’s immediately a free agent once his release from the Titans is official.

The Denver Broncos are another team that could use a punter. Denver, however, actually released Kern in early 2009, which is when he was claimed by Tennessee.

It seems unlikely that Kern would sign with the Broncos over the Bills, but you never truly know until the ink is dry on the contract.

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