“I just asked him, ‘Can we do it?’ and we just came to the conclusion that we were going to switch,” Gilmore told reporters on Thursday. “He was genuine enough to do it so I was happy for it.”
Gilmore tiptoed around the question of whether he gave Jones anything for giving up the number.
“We just — we talked about it,” Gilmore said. “I already knew him from previous years. We just made a decision that we would make it happen.”
“I just always wanted the number,” Gilmore said. “That’s what number a lot of guys I looked up to wore so that’s one number that I always loved.”
Jones moved from No. 24 to No. 41 for his second season. To the likely chagrin of anyone who bought his jersey. If anyone actually bought his jersey.