Revis forks over 50 large for No. 24

AP

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 Uni-Watch.com.

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.

28 responses to “Revis forks over 50 large for No. 24

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

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

    Welcome to the NFC South, Primadonna.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

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

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

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

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