Since the offseason began, Roy Helu’s status on the team was in question. He had hip surgeries in the offseason which kept the team from being able to cut him back in February before his 2016 salary kicked in. Now, after being without him all offseason, and him landing on the PUP list to begin camp, the team has removed Helu from the roster, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.
"I don't want to try and get into particulars about it," Del Rio said of Helu's situation. "I think certainly we hoped to get a little more last year out of him. And then he elected to have some things done this year during the offseason and at this point we're going to move forward as a team."
According to Raiders officials, Helu has been waived/injured which means he's headed to injured reserve, as per protocol. This also means there is likely an injury settlement coming in short order.
Helu is a local Bay Area product, who signed last offseason to a free agent deal. He didn’t have much of an impact in his one season in Oakland. In nine games played, he carried the ball 17 times for 39 yards and caught 9 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
In a corresponding move, the team has added defensive tackle Derrick Lott. The 6-4, 305-pound former undrafted player out of Chattanooga was on the Buccaneers’ practice squad in 2015. He was with the Eagles during the offseason and was waived July 14.