Darrelle Revis spent big to get No. 24 (USA Today Sports Images)
Shortly after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets, the team announced that Revis would wear his familiar No. 24 jersey, which had been worn by 2012 first-round safety Mark Barron.
Barron was willing to give up the No. 24 (and is now wearing No. 23), but what Revis would have to give up to get his old jersey number hadn't been disclosed. At his introductory press conference, all Revis would say about the matter was that he and Barron had discussed the No. 24.
According to Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch.com, Revis shelled out big money to get No. 24 from Barron.
"A well-placed source tells me that the amount Darrelle Revis paid to Mark Barron in order to get Barron to give up No. 24 was — get this — $50,000. Is that a record? Is it not even close? Has anyone been tracking these uni number transactions over the years?," Lukas wrote on Tuesday.
The details of most jersey number transactions are often unreleased. However, when wide receiver Chad Johnson (who was then going by Chad Ochocinco) was traded to the New England Patriots in 2011, he was reportedly willing to pay anything to tight end Aaron Hernandez for the No. 85 jersey. Hernandez ended up giving away the number for free. Way back in 2004, Clinton Portis agreed to pay Ifeanyi Ohalete $40,000 for the No. 26 jersey with the Washington Redskins. Portis stopped payments when Ohalete was cut by the Redskins the following year, which prompted a civil suit that was settled out of court.
If the $50,000 fee is accurate, Revis should have no trouble coming up with the cash.
Over his first six seasons in the NFL, Revis has made well over $58.1 million in on-field earnings, including a $1 million roster bonus from the Jets in March. Revis also received a $1.5 million roster bonus from the Buccaneers on April 25, earned a $1.5 million workout bonus this offseason and is scheduled to earn $13 million in base salary ($764,706 per week) during the regular season.
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