Townsend to join Texans on two-year contract

Tommy Townsend punts for the Chiefs against the 49ers in Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)
Tommy Townsend punts for the Chiefs against the 49ers in Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

The Houston Texans and punter Tommy Townsend have agreed on a two-year, $6-million deal, a person familiar with the contract said late Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal isn’t finalized. Townsend, a 2022 All-Pro, is leaving the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs after four seasons.

His departure leaves Matt Araiza as the lone punter on Kansas City’s roster. Araiza signed with the Chiefs last month. He was dropped from a lawsuit in December that had been filed by a woman who alleged she was raped by San Diego State football players in 2021.

The accusation against Araiza led the Buffalo Bills to release him shortly after selecting him in the NFL draft. Prosecutors later declined to file criminal charges against him after concluding he wasn’t present at the party when the alleged rape could have occurred.

Townsend averaged 47.1 yards per punt in 2023 with a net average of 41.9.

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