sport news Matt Araiza 'should have been back in the NFL sooner' Chiefs GM Brett Veach ... trends now

sport news Matt Araiza 'should have been back in the NFL sooner' Chiefs GM Brett Veach ... trends now
sport news Matt Araiza 'should have been back in the NFL sooner' Chiefs GM Brett Veach ... trends now

sport news Matt Araiza 'should have been back in the NFL sooner' Chiefs GM Brett Veach ... trends now

Embattled punter Matt Araiza should have been back in the NFL before he was signed by the Chiefs last week, Kansas City general manager Brett Veach told reporters Tuesday.

Araiza joined the defending champions on a minimum deal two months after being dropped as a defendant in an ongoing sexual assault lawsuit.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Veach explained that the Chiefs had to do their due diligence, but felt comfortable adding Araiza, who has not been charged with any crime in the case.

'Yeah we go through our process, and that one was a long process there,' Veach said. 'I think from our end, we attack this like we do every player that we add on our roster. We go through the entire process and our intel and security team.

'I think when that came through, it was pretty much a green light and that it was an opportunity for him. Probably should have been in the league maybe sooner than what he was, but he had to go through that process.'

The defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs are taking a chance on Matt Araiza (pictured)

The defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs are taking a chance on Matt Araiza (pictured) 

Araiza should have been back in the NFL earlier, Chiefs GM Brett Veach told reporters Tuesday

Araiza should have been back in the NFL earlier, Chiefs GM Brett Veach told reporters Tuesday

'We're looking forward to adding him to the roster, but as far as the information and our process, there was no hold-up there.'

Adding Araiza isn't a major financial risk. The punter signed a reported minimum deal, which is around $750,000, and the contract is unguaranteed, meaning the Chiefs can cut him without consequence.

Araiza will likely compete for the Chiefs' punting job with 2023 start Tommy Townsend's contract expiring earlier this month. Townsend is coming off an up-and-down season in which he ranked 25th in punts inside the 20-yard line and 17th in gross punt average.

In December, Araiza was dropped from a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged she was raped by San Diego State University football players in 2021. The

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