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Report: Roy Helu, Jr. Agrees to Deal With Oakland Raiders

The Redskins lose their first free agent to another team this year.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Former Redskins RB Roy Helu, Jr. said that he was excited to test free agency and it was a 50/50 chance that he would return to the team this year.  Helu reportedly got interest from several teams including the New York Giants, and New England Patriots, but ultimately decided to sign with the Oakland Raiders according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.  Ian Rapoport is reporting the deal with the Raiders is for 2 years, and will be worth over $ 4 million.

Helu was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 draft, and the Redskins traded up to get him using picks acquired from the Bears when they moved up for new Redskins DT Stephen Paea.  Helu dealt with injuries early in his career, and when the Redskins drafted Alfred Morris in the 6th round the following year, Morris won the starting job in preseason and hasn't looked back.  Helu has served as a backup/3rd down back in his 4 years with the Redskins, and was the best pass-catching RB on the team.  He rushed for 1,132 yards on 255 attempts for a 4.4 ypc average with 7 TDs on the ground.  He also caught 129 passes for 1,152 yards with 3 TDs.