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Jared Cook wants to get No. 89 from Amari Cooper

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New Raiders tight end Jared Cook wants to wear No. 89 in Oakland. The only problem? Receiver Amari Cooper currently has that number.

Cook may nevertheless try to get it.

“I don’t know,” Cook said, via Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News. “Me and [Cooper] are going to have to have a little conversation to see if I can get it off of him. Might have to bribe him a little bit, throw him like five bucks or something. We’ll see if I can get it off his back.”

Although it’s within the purview of a team to assign numbers, most NFL teams give the player who has been wearing the number dibs on keeping it. If a new player wants the number, it’s up to him to working something out with the guy who has it.

Recently, new Washington safety D.J. Swearinger paid Su’a Cravens $75,000 for No. 36. It’s unclear what Cook will offer, and whether Cooper would do the deal.

At one point, the NFL frowned upon the decision of popular players to change numbers, since there’s typically a supply of jerseys for sale with the player’s name and number that immediately become worthless.

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42 Responses to “Jared Cook wants to get No. 89 from Amari Cooper”
  1. vikesfan320 says: Mar 17, 2017 9:39 PM

    Better player should usually get the number. In this case, that’s easily Cooper.

  2. calibear831 says: Mar 17, 2017 9:45 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, I believe the player giving up the Jersey number has to pay Nike a fine for the unsold Jerseys.

  3. thejetssuck2001 says: Mar 17, 2017 9:49 PM

    hes joking right? cooper is a stud raider building block. this guys going on his 9th season, for what, 4 teams now? he cant be serious.

  4. jjrs89 says: Mar 17, 2017 9:59 PM

    The balls on this guy

  5. drunkraider says: Mar 17, 2017 10:00 PM

    Try making a pro bowl first before you try taking the number from the best WR on the team.

  6. bondlake says: Mar 17, 2017 10:03 PM


    You mean like the worthless Kaepernick jerseys?

  7. ee00ee says: Mar 17, 2017 10:11 PM

    Good luck Jared! Let the more established and productive player have the number and at this point you’d be lucky if he’d let you carry his jockstrap…

  8. wonderbread1977 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:12 PM

    Cook is a scrub compared to Cooper. He should just be glad to have a number.

  9. Francis_Dolarhyde says: Mar 17, 2017 10:12 PM

    Shut up Cook and catch passes

  10. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 17, 2017 10:12 PM

    Cook ought to be focused on one number: 53. He ain’t that good. He could get cut. Cooper is a budding star. Cook needs to take a number, sucka!

  11. autumnwind999 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:14 PM

    I hope this guy was just kidding. Otherwise he’s a jackass.

  12. dudermcrbohan says: Mar 17, 2017 10:20 PM

    lol why should Amari give it up to a scrub like Cook? who does he think he is?

  13. cotroutslayer says: Mar 17, 2017 10:23 PM

    Dear Jared,

    Welcome to the team! Please take this opportunity to start a new leaf. Throw away all your old habits and expectations and accept change for the better. That includes your desire for a jersey number. There are more important things you need to be focusing on now than a number on your back. You’re the new guy, Coop rules the roost.

  14. overthedwaynebowe says: Mar 17, 2017 10:27 PM

    Wow… Now my jersey is gonna be all screwed up!

  15. dickshotdogs says: Mar 17, 2017 10:36 PM

    One good catch in a year does not a number entitlement make. Take the number you’re given and do your job. That is all.

  16. badmoonrison says: Mar 17, 2017 10:36 PM

    Cook dont be a dick. Show some humility.

  17. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says: Mar 17, 2017 10:47 PM

    I had my old warren sapp #99 raiders jersey change to SMITH last year now I’m about to be stuck again!!!

  18. mullman76 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:48 PM

    Hey Jared,

    Catch the football.

    Finish your blocks.

    Do what you’re supposed to do.

    Cooper has #89.

    As my Uncle on the Big Island says, “Take what get”.


  19. navyvike says: Mar 17, 2017 10:51 PM

    uh, no, who are you again cheese head?

  20. redrobots44 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:51 PM

    In other news Brandin Cooks just arrived in New England and is hoping to get number 12 from Brady….

  21. illumination666 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:54 PM

    Not a Raiders fan.. But Cooper has become one of the faces of that franchise. I highly doubt he would give it up, as he also wanted it when he first got to Oakland. There would also be alot of upset jersey owners.

  22. 312savedg says: Mar 17, 2017 10:54 PM

    This guy is out his mind asking coop to come off his number… that would be like Trent Richardson signing in Atlanta and asking Matt Ryan to come off his number…

  23. illumination666 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:55 PM

    Being one of the young cornerstones for a franchise in Oakland, there would be alot of upset jersey owners.

  24. natureboy123 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:56 PM

    Cooper was there first and isn’t a rookie. Good luck.

  25. icebergsimpson says: Mar 17, 2017 11:06 PM

    Cooper > Cook

  26. codiablo says: Mar 17, 2017 11:11 PM

    Cooper should go back to 9 anyway

  27. blowfishes says: Mar 17, 2017 11:13 PM

    If Cooper isn’t too attached to the number then Cook can have it…

    As long as he compensates Cooper.

    As long as he purchases all unsold jerseys.

    But most importantly he either compensates EVERY fan that has purchased a Cooper #89 jersey, or at least pay for EVERY fan with a Cooper #89 jersey to receive a replacement jersey.

    To not do the above is disrespectful to every Raider fan.

  28. edwicy says: Mar 18, 2017 12:10 AM

    Won’t happen, but it never hurts to ask. The worst he can say is no

  29. citpyrc says: Mar 18, 2017 12:23 AM

    How about 44 because your not half the player cooper is.

  30. justintuckrule says: Mar 18, 2017 1:25 AM

    I like when WRs wear traditional 80s numbers but truth be told, 89 doesn’t match cooper. He’s more an 81 guy.

  31. dj5501 says: Mar 18, 2017 1:46 AM

    I think it’s hogwash but isn’t Cooper. On a rookie salary still? If the number has no significant to him then 60-75K may be very tempting. As the flip or flop tight end has made a few bucks the past few yrs

  32. flipola says: Mar 18, 2017 1:48 AM

    It’s not about who’s better. Of course that’s Cooper. Maybe he wouldn’t mind the change. Maybe to him it’s just a number. We shall see.

  33. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 18, 2017 3:07 AM

    Not happening!

  34. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Mar 18, 2017 4:18 AM

    Not everybody goes to Jared, Mr. Cook…Just be thankful you still have an NFL career.

  35. emoney826 says: Mar 18, 2017 6:45 AM

    I’m pretty sure he was joking. He said he’d offer $5. He’s clearly not serious.

  36. tonebones says: Mar 18, 2017 6:56 AM

    Who is Jared Cook? Next thing you know, E.J. Manuel will be asking for Derek Carr’s number.

  37. runtheball says: Mar 18, 2017 7:22 AM

    Wasn’t Cook one of the idiots that did the fake hands of don’t shoot pose trying to draw attention to himself? A legend in his own mind.

  38. billh1947 says: Mar 18, 2017 7:58 AM

    One player paying another player $75,000 for his jersey number? these guys are way overpaid and crazy.when he retires and the checks stop going into his bank account that money just may come in handy some day when he has blown through his fortune like so many athletes have been known to do. nobody will feel sorry for them when they do go broke.

  39. BillAndTomsAsteriskAdventure says: Mar 18, 2017 9:03 AM

    That’s like me “having a little conversation” with my boss about giving me his parking spot.

  40. fmc651 says: Mar 18, 2017 9:59 AM

    Nothing like getting started on the wrong foot with the new organization. Use your head Cook.

  41. rdrs68 says: Mar 18, 2017 10:23 AM

    C’mon man it ain’t gonna happen.

  42. lunarpie says: Mar 18, 2017 2:39 PM

    Looks like Jack needs to have a conversation with Jared Cook about RESPECT!

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