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

AP

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.

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

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. “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.

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

  9. “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”.

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

  11. 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.

  12. #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.

  13. 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.

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

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

    That’s used car sales 101.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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’?

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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