Former Northern star signs with Oakland

May. 12, 2014 @ 07:15 PM

Carlos Fields didn’t get selected in the NFL draft, but the 2009 Northern Vance graduate said his phone was ringing off the hook from league suitors by the fifth or sixth round.

Fields, a linebacker, had six free agent offers and signed with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The two-time All-American and CIAA Defensive Player of the Year at Winston-Salem State also considered inking with Indianapolis, Kansas City, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Miami.

“I’m actually kind of numb to the situation still,” said Fields. “I just feel like I have another chance to put a helmet on. I’m ready to work.”

Fields said the Raiders’ veteran linebacker corps was one thing that attracted him to Oakland. He’ll make his first trip to California on Thursday before joining the team for mini-camp.

“I really wanted to be somewhere different,” said Fields. “I’ve never been out on the West Coast.”

Oakland finished at the bottom of the AFC West standings in 2013 and drafted linebacker Khalil Mack of Buffaloe fifth overall before taking Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr in the second round.

“They’re doing a whole bunch of rebuilding,” said Fields, “so I feel like I can go there and help the club out.”

Fields’ close friend and former Northern teammate, Tazmon Foster of N.C. Central, was not drafted, but expects to join an NFL team soon.

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