Chris Johnson pays Ellis Lankster for No. 21
Chris Johnson does not have the option of keeping his No. 28 with the New York Jets. The Jets retired that number two years ago to honor Curtis Martin. You would think that makes Johnson’s life easier in a way, since he is forced to settle on another number and doesn’t have to negotiate with a new teammate for it. Wrong.
For whatever reason, Johnson was set on wearing No. 21 with the Jets. That number already belonged to veteran defensive back Ellis Lankster, so CJ?K had to buy it.
Yes I change my number can't say no to money who would
— Ellis Lankster31 (@EllisLankster21) May 11, 2014
It certainly isn’t unusual for a player to buy a jersey number from a teammate, as we have seen guys like Darrell Revis pay a fortune to keep their number. What makes this particular situation bizarre is that Johnson wore No. 28 with the Tennessee Titans and No. 5 in college at East Carolina. He’s obviously very particular about what he likes.