In response to news that the newest guy to be issued No. 15 in Denver already is leading all rookies in jersey sales, a reader points out that the guy who used to wear No. 15 in Denver currently has no number in Miami.
According to the Dolphins’ online roster, Marshall’s number is still listed as “0”. Since NFL players currently can’t wear “0”, it won’t be his number.
So what will Marshall’s number be? Davone Bess currently owns No. 15, and he has said he won’t sell it to Marshall. Available numbers from 10 to 19 and 80 to 89 include only 19, 87, and 88. (No. 12 and No. 13 have been retired in honor of Bob Griese and Dan Marino.)
Though the situation doesn’t need to be resolved immediately, the team and Marshall are missing opportunities to make money via sales of his new jersey.
And the last time we checked, the team has exclusive authority over the numbers. If the Tuna wants Bess to cough up No. 15, Bess will be coughing up No. 15 — with or without Marshall writing him a check.