Darrelle Revis will be wearing an unfamiliar jersey when he kicks off the 2013 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he will reportedly be wearing a familiar number thanks to his incredibly deep pockets. Last season, the Bucs’ No. 24 jersey was worn by safety Mark Barron. Now, the Bucs’ website lists Barron as No. 23. Revis had a lot to do with that.
According to Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, Revis paid Barron a whopping $50,000 for the number.
“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,” Lukas said Tuesday. “Is that a record? Is it not even close? Has anyone been tracking these uni number transactions over the years?”
Revis is scheduled to earn nearly $15 million between salary and bonuses with the Bucs this season, so he can certainly afford that kind of scratch. That being said, $50,000 is still $50,000. Most of us would be lucky to make around $50,000 in a year, let alone paying that amount of money for something as trivial as a jersey number.
Revis and Barron aren’t the first players to strike a deal for a jersey this offseason, but Patriots safety Adrian Wilson got off much cheaper in his agreement with Kyle Arrington. Barron would have been stupid to not take that deal.
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