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Raiders Release Veteran RB Roy Helu From I.R. With Settlement

The Oakland Raiders officially released veteran RB Roy Helu from injured reserve with a settlement on Tuesday.

Oakland placed Helu on I.R. over the weekend, but the expectation was that he was going to be released at some point in the near future, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

There had been talk for some time now that Helu could be on the roster bubble, but it appears the Raiders felt now was the right time to move on.

Helu, 27, is a former fourth-round pick of the Redskins back in 2011. He spent four years in Washington before signing a two-year, $4.1 million contract with the Raiders last year.

Helu was set to make a base salary of $1.9 million for the 2016 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Helu will free up $2 million in available cap space while creating $1 million in dead money.

In 2015, Helu appeared in nine games for the Raiders and ran for 39 yards on 17 carries (4.3 YPC) to go along with nine receptions for 75 yards receiving and one touchdown.