Joe Haden purchased No. 21 jersey from teammate Robert Golden
Joe Haden wore No. 23 during his seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Typically players like to keep the same jersey number when they go to a new team, but Haden is obviously looking to start fresh.
Haden, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, was committed to wearing No. 21 with his new team. That number was already spoken for, but he was able to pry it away from fellow defensive back Robert Golden.
“I had to pay a little bit,” Haden said Wednesday, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.
While Haden did not specify how much he paid, he signed a three-year, $27 million contract with Pittsburgh. You have to wonder if Golden took that into account.
Players paying for a jersey number isn’t all that uncommon. If we had to guess how much Haden paid for his, we’d say it was probably somewhere in the range of what Darrelle Revis shelled out when he became a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.