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.