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Revis forks over 50 large for No. 24


Mark Barron didn’t really need the money, but Darrelle Revis needed the number.

PFT has confirmed that the Buccaneers newcomer at cornerback has indeed forked over $50,000 for the rights to No. 24, the number he wore with the Jets.  The figure was first reported by

Revis wore No. 25 at Pitt, but he is far better known for the NFL number he was assigned upon joining the Jets in 2007.

Barron, a top-1o pick in 2012, had no extensive attachment to No. 24.  At Alabama, Barron wore No. 4.  He has since switched to No. 23.

It’s unclear whether anyone had to pay Nike for the change in Barron’s number.  In multiple past circumstances, a player who wanted to change his jersey number faced the reality of an invoice from Reebok for the inventory of jerseys bearing his current number.

In this specific case, Nike likely will make a lot more in the long run from Revis-24 jerseys than Nike will lose from the pre-existing stock of Barron-24.

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28 Responses to “Revis forks over 50 large for No. 24”
  1. lrjets says: Jun 19, 2013 10:33 AM

    Watch the Revis haters who after the trade, defended Revis and knocked the Jets, slide back to knocking him.

  2. ottomanismydog says: Jun 19, 2013 10:34 AM

    Nice topic of discussion for the rookie symposium. True or False: paying a teammate 5-figures for a jersey number a poor or smart investments? Explain…

  3. enochmh2 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:35 AM

    50 ‘large’,pocket change for him

  4. formuk says: Jun 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    Wearing #24 won’t help you from getting burned by Brees/Newton/Ryan

    Welcome to the NFC South, Primadonna.

  5. truninerfan49 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:42 AM

    I doubt Nike was selling too many Mark Barron jerseys. So, the pre-existing jerseys shouldn’t be a big deal.

  6. canadianbucsfan says: Jun 19, 2013 10:45 AM

    Revis, Goldson, Barron and Banks.. Should be a very talented secondary. No things are guaranteed to work, but if everything goes as planned we should improve from the worst secondary into the top 10 this season.

  7. FinFan68 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    Having to pay the jersey manufacturer is ridiculous… especially when the players have to. The players make very little (if anything) from those sales. It is a business risk. If the NFL requires a specific number of reserved stock (similar to the blank jerseys in case a star emerges) then the NFL should pay for the lost sales.

  8. westchiefs5 says: Jun 19, 2013 10:48 AM

    Wow. Maybe Barron should have held out giving his number up, demanded more money, met Revis at the Roscoe Diner, still hold out, give it up 3/4’s of the into Training Camp…then hurt his hamstring a couple of games into the season.

  9. getyourownname says: Jun 19, 2013 10:59 AM

    And we wonder why pro athletes go broke so often. Nothing like having right priorities.

    It’s a piece of cloth (or cloth-like material) he wears 16 times (assuming no injuries). Does he really think people wouldn’t know which player he is? Like the name on the back wouldn’t serve the purpose?

  10. vicnocal says: Jun 19, 2013 10:59 AM

    The whole “a player who changes his number has to pay Nike/Reebok for their inventory of jerseys with the old number” thing is the most asinine thing ever. I can’t believe it would’ve ever held up in a court of law if someone had challenged it.

    Unless maybe the player gets a cut of the jerseys they sell with the new number. Then it might make sense.

  11. hedleykow says: Jun 19, 2013 11:14 AM

    Barron’s 72 solo tackles in 2012 should have gotten him a minimum of $100k for his jersey number. Revis got over on him.

  12. fdugrad says: Jun 19, 2013 11:25 AM

    Truly a perfect example regarding the reckless use of money by today’s typical NFL player, currently swimming in cash, yet destined to be another log on the fire of broke FORMER pros. This is a totally arrogant WASTE of money, money that he will sorely need when his VERY SHORT playing career is over. That SAME fifty thousand, deposited along with bonuses he earns, and sitting unmolested in a safe, conservative fund earning the magic of compound interest over say, twenty to thirty years would have helped him significantly in his retirement years, long after that jersey has been turned into a dusting rag. What does it take for these numbskulls to appreciate the precarious position their occupations force them into regarding their financial security? How many MORE destitute former star players does it take to get their attention? Fifty THOUSAND for a number…JEEZ!

  13. ara35 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:38 AM

    though 50k may not matter to revis, this is the type of story that prevents me from feeling bad when i read the “(insert athlete name here) declares bankruptcy” story

  14. tannethrill says: Jun 19, 2013 11:42 AM

    I feel bad for the fans that got his jersey last year.

  15. ryann252013 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:45 AM

    Only 50k?

  16. steelturf76 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:46 AM

    I’m not a fan of all these “selling jersey number” games, but the best one ever was in baseball where John Kruk sold Mitch Williams his number 28 for $10 and 2 cases of Budweiser.

  17. karlton3 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:49 AM

    I’m going to LOL when Goodell finds this transaction to violate the CBA provisions on additional compensation.

  18. joebantikythera says: Jun 19, 2013 11:51 AM

    So why doesn’t the league or any given team need to pay Nike when they trade a player?

  19. ryanrockzzz says: Jun 19, 2013 12:00 PM

    It’s nice to know the No. 24 is worth more then I am to my employer this year.

  20. steelcitymojo says: Jun 19, 2013 12:13 PM

    Now that this has gone viral, I’m sure Barron will hear from our IRS buddies

  21. johnj87 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:27 PM

    At the bucs draft party I told Mark Barron to try an get 100k.

  22. t8ertot says: Jun 19, 2013 12:32 PM

    That makes me sick

  23. nflconspiracytheoristdeluxe says: Jun 19, 2013 12:44 PM

    I wish that money would have gone to charity. I’ve heard some players do that before.

  24. areyoudue says: Jun 19, 2013 12:58 PM

    Nothing to see here. Just MEvi$ being MEvi$…

  25. rcali says: Jun 19, 2013 1:16 PM

    I don’t understand why guys go broke after their NFL careers. Yes, even the ones that make millions like Mevis go broke.

  26. Stiller43 says: Jun 19, 2013 1:48 PM

    Any word on if he donated that 50k to charity, like so many other players that sell their number?

  27. romoscollarbone says: Jun 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    Revis is a Nike athelete w/ a signature shoe, I doubt they’d make him foot the bill.

  28. romoscollarbone says: Jun 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    Athlete, even.

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