Helu heads home, signs with Raiders

Roy Helu’s time with the Washington Redskins came to an end just a few hours ago, the 26-year-old running back has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Raiders. He’ll be joining Latavious Murray in the Oakland backfield, giving them a dynamic one-two punch.

While Helu was never the starter here in Washington, he was always trusted contributor. Last season, he had 40 carries and hauled in 42 passes. Helu signed a two year deal worth $4 million per Adam Caplan, he should be getting an opportunity to get the type of touches he wasn’t offered in Washington.

To get an idea of what Helu can do, he got an opportunity to start five games in 2011 and carried the ball 151 times. Tallying 640 yards along with 49 catches for 379 yards. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield should provide Carr with a great outlet in the passing game. He’ll also have an opportunity to get more carries if the Raiders don’t make him the third down back as he was in Washington.

Oakland wasn’t the only suitor as a back with that skill set is valued around the league, the Raiders hope he’s able to contribute to their young offense sooner, than later.

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