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Jadeveon Clowney chooses interesting jersey number with Ravens

Jadevon Clowney on the practice field

Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney participates in drills during an NFL football practice at the team’s training facility, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Berea, Ohio. [Jeff Lange / Akron Beacon Journal]

The Baltimore Ravens signed edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal earlier this week, adding a veteran presence to their defensive room.

The first order of business for Clowney and the Ravens was establishing a jersey number. But that turned out to be tricker than anticipated given that no numbers in the 90s were available.

Jersey numbers that Clowney has worn in the past — No. 90 and No. 99 — are owned by David Ojabo and Odafe Oweh, respectively. And with no purchase or trade having yet taken place, that left the veteran pass rusher few options.

In the end, Clowney settled on the very unconventional No. 24, which is extremely rare for the position and had previously only been available to running backs, fullbacks, H-backs and defensive backs.

Clowney did wear No. 7 at the University of South Carolina and that would have been permitted under revised NFL rules, but that number is also spoken for, belonging to wide receiver Rashod Bateman.

In years past, Clowney would not have been permitted to wear No. 24 but the NFL changed those rules in March, voting to allow players to wear No. 0. They also made it so linebackers can wear any number from 0 through 59 and 90 through 99.

After an injury-plagued 2022 season season that saw him register just 2.0 sacks, Clowney is hopeful a change of scenery and a new, flashy jersey number can get him back on track.

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