Players can be territorial about their uniform number, and in most cases when they go to a new team they can negotiate to get the jersey number from whoever has it.
No matter to Jackson. He wants it anyway.
"I definitely am familiar with the No. 10 on Robert Griffin," Jackson said during a conference call. "But, you know, we've talked about it a little bit, but there hasn’t been a decision that’s been made yet so far, but maybe by the time season starts we'll know. But maybe RGIII will wear No. 3 and I'll try to get in 10. We'll see how it goes though. Never know."
Now, before we get too deep into this conversation (presumably Jackson was at least half kidding anyway) and cause the thousands of Redskins fans who have dropped a couple hundred bucks on an authentic RG3 jersey a collective heart attack, there is zero chance of this happening. The NFL has a rule that if a player changes his number or name, he has to buy up all the unsold league-licensed jerseys. When Adrian Peterson talked about changing his number a few years ago, he was informed by the NFL of the policy, and that put an end to that. The same happened when Donte Whitner considered changing the name on his jersey to "Hitner." Eric Decker recently paid Jeff Cumberland $25,000 to get No. 87 after he signed with the Jets, but there aren't many Cumberland jerseys out there ... no offense to the Jets' tight end.
Go to a Washington-area mall and take a look at how many Griffin jerseys are on the racks. Then think about all the stores in America that have Griffin's jersey in stock, and consider the quarterback would have to pay for them all. Nobody's shelling out that money.
So unless Jackson wants to pay Griffin, oh, a few million for No. 10, he's going to have to find another solution.
That's probably OK with the Redskins. Griffin's No. 10 is still the 11th-best selling jersey on NFLShop.com. And whether Jackson settles on No. 11 or 81 or whatever (he wore No. 1 in college), that's likely to do good business in Washington as well.
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