The Raiders acquired former Washington running back Roy Helu after agreeing on terms of a two-year contract on Tuesday afternoon, CSNBayArea.com has confirmed.
ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the news. He will sign a a two-year contract worth a maximum of $4 million, according to multiple reports.
Helu is the first skill player acquired by the Raiders in free agency, and should be an accent piece in offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's new up-tempo offense. Helu doesn't have many starts to his name, but he's a solid receiver out of the backfield. That's a talent the Raiders have lacked, and a third-down back could add versatility in the passing game. He'll also upgrade the Raiders' special teams units.
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Helu has averaged 4.4 yards per carry, but has just 255 carries in four professional seasons. He has 129 receptions for 1,152 yards and three receiving touchdowns.
The Raiders are players in the chase to acquire DeMarco Murray, and Helu's addition won't impact their pursuit of the Cowboys workhorse.
Helu, 26, was born in Danville and attended San Ramon Valley High School.