Two more former Northern Illinois players have agreed to undrafted free agent deals with NFL teams, the Daily Chronicle confirmed Monday.
Fullback Cameron Bell will head to San Francisco, while offensive tackle Trevor Olson is going to Tampa Bay.
Bell, who transferred to NIU from Iowa State after the 2008 season, played halfback in 2010 after spending his time at linebacker with the Cyclones. He made the transition to fullback last season, carrying the ball just seven times for 18 yards.
Listed at 6-foot-2, 252 pounds on NIU’s website, Bell told the Daily Chronicle that San Francisco is bringing him in as a fullback. He’ll join former Huskies wide receiver Nathan Palmer in San Francisco. Palmer agreed to a free agent deal with the 49ers on Saturday evening.
“It’s the perfect fit, I felt like they wanted me the most. I felt that any decision that I make, I want to go where I’m wanted,” Bell said Monday afternoon. “They definitely expressed the interest and reached out to me numerous times throughout the process. I really love San Francisco, so it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I don’t even feel like it’s an opportunity, I feel like it’s a privilege.”
Olson, a four-year starter at NIU, also had serious interest from the Bears and Minnesota, according to his agent, Cliff Brady. One concern about the 6-foot-6, 302-pound lineman before the draft was strength. Olson had just 12 reps on the 225-pound bench press at NIU’s pro day in March.
“Tampa’s had the highest grade on him all along,” Brady said.