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Darrelle Revis reportedly paid Mark Barron $50,000 for jersey No. 24

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle 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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Brian Price reportedly punched teammate Mark Barron

When overgrown men take the field on hot summer days, tempers have a tendency to flare. Fights are a common occurrence across NFL training camps, some of which we hear about and most of which he don’t. Last week, Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price left the team with an excused absence. According to Bucs website JoeBucsFan.com, his departure came after he punched rookie Mark Barron in the head.

As is typically the case, the fight was reportedly over something extremely dumb. Price — who has somewhat of a history with losing his temper –thought Barron was sitting in his seat so he told the rookie to get up. Barron supposedly said something vulgar to him at that point and the two began arguing. That led to the punch, which did not seriously injure Barron.

Unlike the sucker punch we told you about in Lions camp about a month ago, Price has a fairly legitimate excuse for having a short temper. The 23-year-old lost his sister to a car accident last month and is reportedly going to adopt her children. He also lost both of his brothers to gunshots growing up, so to say Price has had a troubled past would be an epic understatement. The excused absence was likely given so Price could be with his family, and I’d be shocked if any disciplinary action came from the Bucs over the incident with Barron.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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