The report says Helu reached the "proven performance escalator," a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that rewards players who were drafted in the third through seventh rounds who are entering the final year of their rookie contract. That means Helu, who was supposed to earn a base salary of $645,000 this season, will instead earn a base salary of $1,389,000.
Helu qualified for the clause by playing in more than 35 percent of the Redskins’ offensive plays during two of his first three seasons.
Washington finishes the season 3-13, and several changes to personnel and the coaching staff are expected in the offseason.
Helu carried for -2 yards. He also caught two passes for five yards. He was not a big part of the team's running plans. Helu will take on the Giants Week 17.
Helu, the most notable of the three, played a decent number of snaps in relief of Alfred Morris, but he finished with just three carries for 5 yards and one catch for 4. Morgan had three catches for 29 yards, and Williams had one catch for 4.
The Redskins host the Cowboys in Week 16.
Normally trusted as a receiver out of the backfield when his team is trailing,
Alfred Morris wasn't stealing any of Helu's touches, though. The starting running back finished with just 12 carries for 31 yards.
The Redskins visit the Falcons in Week 15.
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