Heyward-Bey pays the price to change his number to 85

NFL_heyward-bey.jpgWhen a player wants to change his number (or, in the case of Chad Ochocinco, his name), there’s a catch.  The player must purchase the inventory of unsold replica jerseys bearing his current number (or, as the case may be, name).

Typically, the player decides not to write a check to the folks at Reebok for the privilege of altering his NFL identity. 

Recently, Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey decided to buck the trend.  An eagle-eyed reader spotted that Heyward-Bey’s number has changed from 12 to 85.  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells us that Heyward-Bey paid for the remaining jersey inventory.

Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, widely was regarded as a disappointment in his rookie year. 

Meanwhile, we’re wondering whether the Eagles had to pay Reebok for the remaining inventory of green McNabb jerseys upon trading him to Washington.

96 responses to “Heyward-Bey pays the price to change his number to 85

  1. I can’t imagine that price he paid was all that great. I am pretty sure Reebok didn’t think there was going to be a great demand for Heyward-Bey jerseys.

  2. Maybe Al thought he drafted the fastest QB last yr , hence giving him the #12…ahh senility

  3. The real question you should be asking is, do you still have to buy out the inventory if you find someone else who wants your number?
    Did Colt have to buyout his #5 jerseys so that he could give the number to McNabb? I’m guessing no…

  4. Meanwhile, we’re wondering whether the Eagles had to pay Reebok for the remaining inventory of green McNabb jerseys upon trading him to Washington.
    Thats a good question?

  5. Per Florio: “Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, widely was regarded as a disappointment in his rookie year”????????
    ……..regarded as a disappointment??? Florio, are you kidding me?
    He sucked. He was a TOTAL BUST. He makes Charles Rogers look like a slam dunk hall of famer. Worst pick in the last 15 years probably. He is horrible.
    Bey – 2009 Statistics
    9 Catches
    Receiving Yards: 124
    Touchdows 1
    Let’s see how many dollars did they pay him last year per catch? Per Touchdown? Per Yard?
    PSSSSSSSSSS: He is a BUST FLORIO

  6. Green Bay is still selling Favre #4 jerseys.
    The classy fans in GB use them as kindling on the fire
    Philly will try to sell the #5 jersey for a long time
    This is the NFL Baby. Anything to MAKE A BUCK

  7. “When a player wants to change his number (or, in the case of Chad Ochocinco, his name), there’s a catch. ”
    Pun intended?

  8. Heyward-Bey changes his number and McNabb to Washington finds it’s way into the “story.”
    Florio is so corny.

  9. Maybe he feels like if he changes his number he can trick Jamarcus Russell-Stover into thinking he is a different receiver. One who can catch.
    Assuming it wont sail 10 yards over his head. . .and that’s assuming Russell-Stover will even play this year.
    Also he knows he didn’t earn any of that money. So he can spend it with a clear conscience

  10. So Darrius will have to write Reebok a cheque for $59.95 for the remaining “inventory” of #12 jerseys??

  11. Soooo he paid for 3 more jerseys to switch numbers right? Funny how that was the amount of catches he made last year too.

  12. So DHB changed his jersey from the number of his catches in 2010 to the number of his drops?
    Boom. Roasted.

  13. Hey chapnasty2 Don’t you like how he was able to sneak in a reference to the Skins/McNabb story line – BRILLIANT !

  14. I hear that Heyward-Bey is a good character guy. This is actually a smart move on his part. Given that 12 is the number of Raider QB greats Stabler and Gannon it does seem an inappropriate number for the new James Jett. I hope he improves this year.

  15. Soooo… He bought what… 12 Jerseys? How many of those could they have printed to begin with?

  16. Maybe it mean that the Raiders are getting ready to trade for a QB that like that number! Sage Rosenfels wears number #2 in Minn. But that number is taken right now….so #12 could be his pick!
    85 looks better on Heyward-Bey…Maybe it will help him catch and stay healthy!!

  17. Well if he did have to pay Reebok, the check he wrote was clearly under $1,000. I could not imagine his jersey being worn around to represent the Raiders. I still see more Howie “Long” jerseys more than anything.

  18. He just didn’t want his number to be associated with his actual number of catches… No, wait, that as 9… so sorry.

  19. “Meanwhile, we’re wondering whether the Eagles had to pay Reebok for the remaining inventory of green McNabb jerseys upon trading him to Washington.”
    And the white road jerseys? And the black alternative jerseys?
    And the #6 Broncos jerseys last year? And what about the #4 jerseys when Favre retired? And then unretired? And …. forget it ….

  20. Maybe the Raiders are getting ready to trade for a QB that want the number 12…Sage Rosenfels.

  21. *insert generic, lame attempt at humor about how the amount of jerseys he had to purchase was probably a low number*
    Keep it up, fellas

  22. the NFL is such a cartel. first of all, outside of the people in DHB’s family, no one bought a jersey. Second, his family is gonna buy the new DHB jersey and Reebok gives old merchandise to children in other countries. So basically its a wash. Stop being cheap NFL.

  23. Did he have to pay extra to remove the Raider’s arm patches and have them replaced with Arizona Rattler’s ones?
    Hahahah sickkkkk

  24. “So DHB changed his jersey from the number of his catches in 2010 to the number of his drops?
    Boom. Roasted.”
    LOL and such.

  25. Honestly, you’d think they’d print a huge number of those jerseys, and with how bad he sucked I’m sure there were plenty for him to buy. Since this is the one and only big contract he’ll get seems like a waste.

  26. damn, someone already used the “12, as in his number of catches last season” joke…

  27. I find it hard to slam any WR that has a lazy worthless fatass for a QB.
    Remember how much better the receivers in Minnesota got when they got Favre throwing the ball to them.

  28. “The player must purchase the inventory of unsold replica jerseys bearing his current number (or, as the case may be, name).
    Typically, the player decides not to write a check to the folks at Reebok for the privilege of altering his NFL identity. ”
    Soooooo let me get this straight. If for whatever reason they change their jersey number, NFL players MUST pay money out of their own pocket directly to a private corporation? And the NFLPA is OK with this? They didn’t object?
    What’s next – if Brett Favre has a sucky year in 2010, he has to pay Nike (or whomever) 1/5 of his salary because Air Favres won’t be selling worth a crap at Foot Locker that year?

  29. I love that he has a poor rookie year where is was always the number number WR when he was in the game and he is a bust right away. Maybe you all heard of Jerry Rice who did not have a good rookie year. Give the man a year or two before caling him a bust

  30. I hear this hard working young man has been just that in the off-season. Let’s hope it pays off so a giant crow eating session can commence.

  31. Heyward-Bey sucked his rookie year. I’m not sure he will ever pan out. You can teach route running. I don’t think you can teach someone to catch. You either have good hands or not.
    I’m sure he had to pay quite a bit for those jerseys. Nothing compared to what Al Davis overpaid for his rookie performance. DHB was terrible starting with his 1st play. No one bought his jersey after that and I’m sure Reebok makes a ton of jerseys for a #1 selection.

  32. “Meanwhile, we’re wondering whether the Eagles had to pay Reebok for the remaining inventory of green McNabb jerseys upon trading him to Washington.”
    Florio (and whoever the “we’re” is)—sometimes you don’t need to add in the extra comment. This was a very poor effort…even for you guys. This is the “running out of the back of the end-zone” of comments/attempts of whatever it is you were going for. I’ve come to expect a poor performance and commentary, but this one…i just want to reiterate one more time, is just a terrible effort on your part.

  33. something seems wrong with this…i dont know. I know these guys are ALL overpaid, but is it really their problem if Reebok has a jersey surplus. Does the player call up Reebok and say to print up 500,000 jerseys and then switches his # the next day?

  34. What is so funny is that every MOCK draft was already making fun of the Raiders for drafting Heyward-Bey, thank you Al Davis!
    Raiders first round draft picks are a boon for everyone behind them.
    Way to trade a top 5 pick for a 3-4 DE to build the team around….
    lmfao
    They are so unobjective and have no sense of what a joke they are, they actually thought, “We are only one player away, if only we can talk the Patriots into this trade”
    BWA HA HA HAAAAAAAA

  35. Ok. Eurika! I would like to broker (For a price, to be named, and numbered later) a deal.
    DHB changes names, and numbers with COC! with a middle name as a conditional pick in 2011!
    God, what a genius I am! I’m open to calls from their respective agents. We’ll talk, do lunch, etc.
    Think about it! these bums get a chance to reinvent themselves as each other! Wow, what a concept!

  36. what a rotten bastard, i saw his jersey on ebay for 4.50 and i decided i would buy it on a chance that maybe he would turn into a respectable player, i won that jersey with my bid of 4.50 and paid 15 bucks for shipping then that bastard goes and changes his number. yep, im an idiot

  37. # John El Way says: April 7, 2010 3:15 PM
    If i were him, i’d change the team aswell. How embarrassing.
    ————————————————
    Kinda like that ass whooping the Raiders gave you guys in Mile-High last year huh?? That was embarrassing.

  38. “The real question you should be asking is, do you still have to buy out the inventory if you find someone else who wants your number?
    Did Colt have to buyout his #5 jerseys so that he could give the number to McNabb? I’m guessing no…”
    Probably because Reebok doesnt sell Colt Brennan jerseys. Not every player has a jersey that can be purchased, usually only first round picks and starters/ high profile player. Colt Brennan is none of the above.

  39. At least as a 49ers fan, we got the pain in the ass first round receiver that can catch.

  40. At least as a 49ers fan, we got the pain in the ass first round receiver that can catch.

  41. Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, widely was regarded as a disappointment in his rookie year.
    —————————-
    To everyone outside of the Raiders yes, but it’s mission accomplished for them if they get one of the fastest players out there.

  42. At least you didn’t find “Decoy HB” at the crap tables or making it “rain” at the “scrip” clubs. The kid has a good head (but pitiful hands).
    He has been working on his game. The “85” is the number of catches he set his yearly goal to (or maybe it is for his career, whatever).
    It isn’t his fault that Al is senile.
    Now if we could just transplant DHB’s brain and work ethic into JaFatone…

  43. I feel sorry for the 10 Raiders fans who actually bought DHB jerseys last season… embarrassing enough to have one but now its not even the right number.

  44. “Meanwhile, we’re wondering whether the Eagles had to pay Reebok for the remaining inventory of green McNabb jerseys upon trading him to Washington.”
    a real reporter would do more than wonder, he (or she) would investigate and report the results. Someone who sits in their mom’s basement which he calls “PFT headquarters” wonders about stuff…usually stuff that no one but him cares about.

  45. @raidertg
    You can’t seriously compare Jerry Rice catching 49 passes for almost 1,000 yards with DHB (DamnHugeBust) catching 11 passes and barely breaking 100. The dude only had one game with more than 1 reception (2). If not for such colassal flops as Russell and Marinovich, Bey might be the worst Raider pick ever. The 40 ain’t everything.

  46. ok……so 10 jerseys were initially made…..8 were returned…..8 x approx $100 = $800…..leaves him with still approx. 8 million $. He should of spent the $800 on a personal trainer to teach him how to catch the ball. This will go down as the biggest draft blunder of all time! (except if they draft Tebow in the 1st round….lol)

  47. DHB must be using the following logic –
    If I wear number 12 and catch 9 passes, then if I want to catch 82 passes, I should wear number 85!

  48. myspaceyourface says:
    April 7, 2010 3:04 PM
    Bey had to buy 2 jersey’s in order to change his number.
    —–haha, funny. Also sooooo many gangbangers up in Oakland are going to have to go and get their new gang regalia.

  49. QJ1984 says:
    April 7, 2010 4:01 PM
    “The real question you should be asking is, do you still have to buy out the inventory if you find someone else who wants your number?
    Did Colt have to buyout his #5 jerseys so that he could give the number to McNabb? I’m guessing no…”
    Probably because Reebok doesnt sell Colt Brennan jerseys. Not every player has a jersey that can be purchased, usually only first round picks and starters/ high profile player. Colt Brennan is none of the above.
    ————-
    The question still stands if a player who ‘gives’ his number to a newly acquired player has to buyout his old jerseys. If I recall James Hardy (promising prospect with Reebok jersey’s) gave up #81 when T.O. came into town.
    Oh and http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Af-miBmlAf6-LM:http://www.jerseys-shopping.com/images/zewq.jpg
    There are Colt Brennan jerseys out there.

  50. “Maybe you all heard of Jerry Rice who did not have a good rookie year. Give the man a year or two before caling him a bust.” Sorry to tell you, but Rice’s first year(one of his worst) he still had over 900 yards recieving; check some stats before comparing Heyward-Bey to a hall of famer! RAIDERS ARE CRAP!

  51. @raidertg
    You sir are an idiot. Jerry Rice’s rookie year he had 49 rec 927 yards 18.9 3 y/r and 3 touchdowns. DHB had 9 rec 124 yards 11.3 yards a game and 1 touchdown. They are in no way shape or form comparable to one another. Jerry Rice is known for his outstanding route running, DHB is not. That is an old crappy fan argument, mentioning a really good player that “struggled” at some point in there career as hope for the terrible player on their own team.

  52. I think he made a mistake changing to number 85 after catching only 9 passes this year. Instead he should consider changing his number at the end of every season to reflect the number of catches he makes. Starting with 2010 he would be #10, in 2011 #11, and so on. By the time he reached #85 he will have been in the league 75 years and Al Davis could personally congratulate him and give him a generous contract extension.

  53. Reebock stock just went through the roof. In any other format these Jerseys would never have garnered a dime in Reebock revenue. Sweet
    Reebock be dancing they dumped the lot.
    They have officially agreed to print 7 maybe 8 new 85 Jerseys for 2010.
    Reebock -DHB =win win

  54. I think its a bit early to be calling him a bust. Its been one year, if results stay the same or marginally improve after 3 years, then yeah I’d call him a bust.

  55. # raidertg says: April 7, 2010 3:39 PM
    I love that he has a poor rookie year where is was always the number number WR when he was in the game and he is a bust right away. Maybe you all heard of Jerry Rice who did not have a good rookie year. Give the man a year or two before caling him a bust
    *******************
    From Wikipedia on Jerry Rice “…he recorded 49 catches for 927 yards, averaging 18.9 yards per catch and was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year”
    Might not have been a good year by Rice’s standards, but the comparison you’re making is laughable.

  56. I am sure the Eagles were more than happy to purchase all leftover McNabb jerseys so that they could then charge eager fans $5 per person to join a huge bonfire burning said jerseys. It’s just business, man.

  57. Heywood(ya catch the ball) is a total Ryan Leaf pick. Doesn’t even deserve us talking about him.

  58. Raiders fans are classic…You label a wide receiver a bust after one year even though the qb play, even when Gradkowski played, is below average, the line sucks and there is no running game. And you call Russell the worst pick ever even though they havent improved the line since he has been there, the running game stinks and his receiving core was made up of two rookies, JLH and Schilens. You think McNabb would have helped there? If you believe that than you are as dilusional as your owner.

  59. WARaider says:
    April 7, 2010 3:44 PM
    Heyward-Bey sucked his rookie year. I’m not sure he will ever pan out. You can teach route running. I don’t think you can teach someone to catch. You either have good hands or not.
    I’m sure he had to pay quite a bit for those jerseys. Nothing compared to what Al Davis overpaid for his rookie performance. DHB was terrible starting with his 1st play. No one bought his jersey after that and I’m sure Reebok makes a ton of jerseys for a #1 selection.
    ^^^^^learn how to catch? 2 words
    Devery Henderson

  60. The real question: did DHB have to pay the suggested retail price, or the clearance rack price?

  61. My bad had my stats twisted but man point was that he is not a bust in his first year MANY great recievers strugle there first year and turn out just fine. Let the hater hate!

  62. It is hard to blame this guy for his rookie season when he is on the Raiders
    If he was on another team (just like McFadden), he would probably be doing much better
    Seriously, who does well with Russell throwing to them?

  63. I hate to even say this but…you CANNOT call DWB until he has a real NFL QB throwing to him, an offensive line protecting him, and a legit coach/offensive coordinator.
    The Black Hole sucks the life out of talent.

  64. Bit harsh calling DHB a bust. I defy any reciever to catch balls sailing 6ft over their head

  65. Yeah he caught 9 balls…but 89% of his catches were for first downs!
    Seriously, relax. He didnt have a good year. I mean, especially when compared to other such receiving luminaries like Johnnie Lee Higgins (19), Chaz Schilens (29), and Louis Murphy (34), oh and Todd Watkins had 8.
    And thats IT. The Raiders did not complete 100 passes to their WRs ALL YEAR COMBINED. So we’re going to label DHB a bust because he didnt produce more in an offense averaging 6 catches from the WR position a game as a rookie? Really?
    99 catches all year by the WRs for a team that was trailing most of the season. Maybe, just maybe it’s not DHB thats the problem.

  66. steeelfann says:
    April 7, 2010 3:06 PM
    Per Florio: “Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, widely was regarded as a disappointment in his rookie year”????????
    ……..regarded as a disappointment??? Florio, are you kidding me?
    He sucked. He was a TOTAL BUST. He makes Charles Rogers look like a slam dunk hall of famer. Worst pick in the last 15 years probably. He is horrible.
    Bey – 2009 Statistics
    9 Catches
    Receiving Yards: 124
    Touchdows 1
    Let’s see how many dollars did they pay him last year per catch? Per Touchdown? Per Yard?
    PSSSSSSSSSS: He is a BUST FLORIO
    ————————————————–
    You forgot to mention how many damn times he dropped the ball. However, the stat counter may have lost count trying to keep track. He’s a stinkin’ embarassment – and playing for the Raiders last year, that’s saying something.
    And this is coming from a Raider fan, btw.

  67. @raidertg
    The questions about DHB coming out of college were:
    1. Route running
    2. Hands
    3. Willingness to go over the middle
    4. Blocking
    The guy has terrific triangle numbers, but did he answer a single question in anything besides a negative form? No. The “injury” appeared to be a means of getting him the hell off the field and letting the FO (ie. Uncle Al) save face. Bey seems to be just one more in a string of failed Oakland draft picks. It’s one thing to miss on a draft choice. Everyone does. It’s a completely different (and expensive) thing to miss on a top 10 draft choice.

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