Via Derrick Gunn at Jakib Sports, the Eagles’ open punter role will not be filled by Matt Araiza:

Quick synopsis of where we’re at with Araiza, from Kevin in April:

The short version of a long story is that this guy was the best punter coming out of college, the Bills took him in the sixth round, then the gang rape allegations surfaced and Buffalo released him. The civil suit alleges that Araiza forced an underage girl into oral sex before leading her into the gang rape, though prosecutors could not prove that the sex was non-consensual. Araiza maintained that his sexual encounter with the girl was consensual and says he did not know she was underage.

No criminal charges were filed, but the civil suit remains active, and the takeaway here is that the guy was released before the legal process was able to play out.

Unsealed documents obtained by Yahoo! Sports led to the conclusion that Araiza wasn’t even there at the time of the alleged gang rape:

A fuller picture of what police and prosecutors found, however, is now available via a 200-plus-page transcript obtained by Yahoo Sports of a 100-minute meeting in which a deputy district attorney offered a detailed explanation to the girl and her attorneys.

Perhaps most notably, the district attorney’s office concluded that Araiza couldn’t have led the girl into the alleged gang rape because he “left” the home at about 12:30 a.m., an hour prior to when evidence suggested the alleged gang rape would have occurred.

“He wasn’t even at the party anymore,” deputy district attorney Trisha Amador explained. Later, Amador stated of the timeline of events, “All I know is that at that point, suspect Araiza is gone from the party.”

So why won’t 32 teams give him a tryout? Could be because the civil suit remains open.

The Jets brought him in for a workout, and according to NBCSports, there is interest around the league when a need arises. Well the need has arisen for the Birds after cutting Arryn Siposs. The Eagles run a relatively clean program, but took a risk on Jalen Carter because he’s a generational talent. Obviously they took a risk on Michael Vick when he came out of jail for dog fighting. But defensive tackle and QB are way different than a punter. Maybe they just don’t want to deal with the headache from fans or media. The reporters are already trying to drive a wedge between the receivers currently. It’s probably more of a personnel reason than anything if I had to guess. With the Eagles offense as strong as it is the need for a punter to turn over the field isn’t high.