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Maurice Jones-Drew says ex-teammate wanted $200,000 for No. 21

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It’s not uncommon for a player to charge a new teammate to take the number off his jersey. But it is uncommon for the charge to be $200,000. And yet that’s what Maurice Jones-Drew says that’s what he was asked to pay when he wanted to wear No. 21 in Jacksonville.

Jones-Drew said today on SportsCenter that No. 21 has always been his preferred number, and that when the Jaguars selected him in the 2006 NFL draft, he wanted to wear the same number he had worn at UCLA and Concord De La Salle High School. Unfortunately, the player who had the number wasn’t interested in giving Jones-Drew a discount.

“There was a guy by the name of Terry Cousin who had 21 in Jacksonville. I asked him politely, ‘Can you just allow me to have the number? It’s been in my family for a long time.’ He said, ‘For a small price.’ I’m thinking he’s going to say, like, dinner, going to say, like, a couple bucks. He said $200,000 and you can have it,” Jones-Drew recalled.

Unsurprisingly, Jones-Drew turned that offer down, and he wore No. 32 in Jacksonville. But Jones-Drew is now in Oakland, where he was able to get the No. 21 jersey, and that’s what he’ll wear this season. Without having to pay for it.

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47 Responses to “Maurice Jones-Drew says ex-teammate wanted $200,000 for No. 21”
  1. bskeezy000 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:07 PM

    200K, also known as “A Night Out With Vince Young”

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 30, 2014 3:09 PM

    He plays in Oakland, believe me, he’s paying for it.

  3. hauts81 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:11 PM

    Why didn’t MJD switch after Jacksonville dropped Cousin the next year?

  4. emma333 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    More crying from MJD..

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 30, 2014 3:13 PM

    Sounds like Terry Cousin better watch his own money, because it doesn’t look like he’s making any friends trotting it out there like that.

  6. weepingjebus says: Jun 30, 2014 3:14 PM

    Why does that picture make him look 2 feet tall?

  7. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 30, 2014 3:15 PM

    MJDwas also forced to sign with a franchise no one really wants to play for.

    #CommitmentToIncompetence

  8. squinn21 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:22 PM

    Stop whining

  9. beavertonsteve says: Jun 30, 2014 3:23 PM

    If MJD had switched after his first year it might have cost him near the same amount in unsold NFL jerseys.

  10. beavertonsteve says: Jun 30, 2014 3:25 PM

    Nevermind, I was thinking of name changes.

  11. roarofthemasses says: Jun 30, 2014 3:29 PM

    Sounds like the number 21 was just testing the free agent market.

  12. citizenstrange says: Jun 30, 2014 3:29 PM

    Cool story bro.

  13. tooz72 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:31 PM

    i can’t see anyone competing with them this year for the AFC West title.. next year when Carr takes over, the dynasty will be reborn and the dark side will rise once again.. GUARANTEED

  14. robigd says: Jun 30, 2014 3:31 PM

    OK, so MJD lied about choosing 32 because it was the number of teams who passed on him and he wanted a reminder of that every day.

    Man, this once likeable guy is becoming unlikeable very quickly.

  15. mebkyle6 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:33 PM

    I recall him saying he took 32 because he was pissed 32 teams passed on him in the first round, so which one is it Mojo? Has your memory lost a step too?

  16. ibreathefootball says: Jun 30, 2014 3:38 PM

    MJD had more money to spend than Terry Cousin, if the number was that important to him, he should have just paid for it. Instead he’s whining like a little baby. Now him and McFadden both act hurt all year together in Oakland.

  17. b1unt3d says: Jun 30, 2014 3:39 PM

    “OK, so MJD lied about choosing 32 because it was the number of teams who passed on him and he wanted a reminder of that every day.

    “I recall him saying he took 32 because he was pissed 32 teams passed on him in the first round, so which one is it Mojo? Has your memory lost a step too?”

    Maybe.. Just maybe.. After not getting #21 he decided to choose #32 because it was the number of teams that passed on him. It’s almost like you guys look for reasons to crap on players.

  18. humb0lt says: Jun 30, 2014 3:39 PM

    He wants to wear the number of his idol, Ladainian Tomlinson, who built a HOF career beating the Raiders.

  19. obsession55 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:40 PM

    Hes going from one irrelevant team to another. Just collecting paychecks. Enough about this guy!

  20. robigd says: Jun 30, 2014 3:43 PM

    “Maybe.. Just maybe.. After not getting #21 he decided to choose #32 because it was the number of teams that passed on him. It’s almost like you guys look for reasons to crap on players.”

    MJD has been playing the “victim” card ever since JAX didn’t re-sign him. He has to have a chip on his shoulder to succeed, even if that chip is manufactured in his own mind.

    IMO, he is done. The day of fat, slow RB’s who run in concrete shoes is dead. This is the age of the “air back”.

  21. clevefan4life says: Jun 30, 2014 3:44 PM

    Could it possibly be that after he couldn’t get 21, 32 was his next choice for the reason he stated it was.

  22. jgedgar70 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:45 PM

    Sounds like Terry Cousin never lost his grip on his delusions. Back when he was with the Panthers, he held on to the delusion that he was an NFL-caliber cornerback, which he was not.

  23. mebkyle6 says: Jun 30, 2014 3:46 PM

    #Maybe.. Just maybe.. After not getting #21 he decided to choose #32 because it was the number of teams that passed on him. It’s almost like you guys look for reasons to crap on players.#

    Yea just like he continues to find ways to crap on the Jags! you know the ONE team that gave him a shot in the NFL.

  24. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 30, 2014 3:58 PM

    I’m glad the legacy of the immortal #21 Terry Cousin got preserved.

  25. dscol715 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:13 PM

    Is Terry Cousin supposed to just hand his number over to a second round rookie because he “asked politely?”

  26. whatevnfl says: Jun 30, 2014 4:26 PM

    Now that’s just bullying.

  27. dadsource says: Jun 30, 2014 4:28 PM

    What a liar! He chose 32 the day he was drafted to remind all those teams that passed on him made a big mistake. The only mistake made in his career was getting a second contract with the Jags. Should have dumped his whiney self then.

  28. natelan says: Jun 30, 2014 4:36 PM

    Supply and demand, crybaby. Welcome to Oakland, a new loser in a sea of losers.

  29. @Cereal_22 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:43 PM

    I have a feeling Terry Cousin wishes he were $10,000 wealthier right now.

  30. tindeaux says: Jun 30, 2014 4:44 PM

    they all said the same thing until lately “they” got caught beating his fiance and was charged

  31. WilliamBelichick says: Jun 30, 2014 4:44 PM

    He just looks more bad ass in that uniform…

  32. kuranda84 says: Jun 30, 2014 4:53 PM

    Come on, MJD…everything is negotiable. Did you even try a counter-offer?

    That’s used car sales 101.

  33. tae323 says: Jun 30, 2014 5:11 PM

    Terry Cousins was just looking after his future he knew he wouldn’t have a job for to long, gotta make the most money that you can.

  34. cadan24 says: Jun 30, 2014 5:14 PM

    200k is dinner…with Vince Young at the Cheesecake Factory

  35. dawsonleery says: Jun 30, 2014 5:33 PM

    Its pretty common for players to ask for insane amounts of money for certain numbers.

  36. gerwinke1985 says: Jun 30, 2014 6:24 PM

    It was his number…maybe he wanted to keep it. I’d ask for something similar if I didn’t really want to give it up. MJD sounds like a bit of a whiner

  37. mickton says: Jun 30, 2014 7:10 PM

    Did they give that guy a piss test right then & there? Clearly he was high on something asking 4 200k for a #.

  38. dalcow4 says: Jun 30, 2014 7:17 PM

    Sounds like MJD had a big sense of entitlement after being a star in h.s. and UCLA (of all places).

    Coming over the next couple days: A tweet from Cousins calling BS on the $200,000 story.

  39. dalcow4 says: Jun 30, 2014 7:57 PM

    He said he picked 32 because of all the teams which passed on him. So did he talk to Terry Cousin before he was introduced after the draft to the local media as ’32′?

  40. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jun 30, 2014 8:07 PM

    Jones drew sounds like a typical Aries… Me me me… selfish

  41. corvusrex96 says: Jun 30, 2014 8:14 PM

    Maybe Terry Cousins also really liked #21 and figured since the rookie asked he went ahead and set a ridiculous price for it. As for MJD this is called negotiating

  42. babygaga19 says: Jun 30, 2014 9:29 PM

    MJD another huge bust! Gotta love it. Only Jokeland!

  43. gdfbar says: Jun 30, 2014 10:22 PM

    Even though Terry Cousin was never a great player, he was a 30+ year old 10 year vet when Mojo was drafted. Maybe that was his way of telling Mojo that asking a guy with that much time in the league to give up his number is stepping out of line.

  44. genericcommenter says: Jun 30, 2014 10:49 PM

    Terry Cousin played 12 years in the NFL as an UDFA. He’s been gainfully employed in the game since then, currently employed by an NFL team in his post-playing career. He might not have been a great player, but he lasted much longer than most guys. Plus, unlike a lot of guys, teams apparently think he’s someone worth hiring and keeping around for reasons other than his stardom.

  45. tahnoonzee says: Jul 1, 2014 4:37 AM

    21 will be his average rushing yards per game.

  46. racer0592 says: Jul 2, 2014 2:53 AM

    All of you that are saying why didn’t he change his number the next year, do you realize he has to buy every jersey the NFL has made and not sold if he wanted to change his number?

    If I’m Cousins I keeping it as well, don’t know how many jersey myself because of they same thing.

  47. vieltech says: Jul 2, 2014 2:57 PM

    Not surprised. That is commonplace in the NFL

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