Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith is benefiting from the NFL’s new quantity coverage. He can have a brand new jersey quantity for the 2021 NFL season, and it’ll price him a reasonably penny to amass it.
In line with ESPN’s Todd Archer, Smith’s determination to modify from his No. 54 jersey to his desired No. 9 jersey will include a “mid-six-figure price,” as he’ll have to purchase out your entire stock of his No. 54 jerseys and T-shirts at present accessible on the market.
Had Smith waited till 2022, he would not have needed to pay a dime to make the swap. However apparently, he desires the quantity badly sufficient that the associated fee would not matter.
After all, the No. 9 jersey is a well-known one to Cowboys followers, as it is the quantity Tony Romo wore throughout his 14-year profession in Dallas. Romo ended his profession because the all-time Cowboys chief in passing yards (34,183) and passing touchdowns (248) whereas profitable 78 video games, the third-most in Cowboys historical past behind Troy Aikman (94) and Roger Staubach (85).
Per Archer, Smith reached out to Romo earlier than making the swap to clear it with him. Evidently, Romo gave Smith his blessing to take the quantity.
When the potential for a quantity coverage change was first talked about in early April, Smith expressed an curiosity in carrying the No. 9 in an Instagram story seen under. He wore the No. 9 in highschool and at Notre Dame, so bringing it again on the NFL degree would solely be pure.
It is potential the NFL quickly permits linebackers (and different positions) to have jersey numbers within the single digits.
Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith posted on his Instagram story that he wish to put on quantity 9 if that’s the case.
Jaylon wore 9 at Notre Dame and in highschool. pic.twitter.com/g3EyGWI7WL
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 6, 2021
Thus, it is no shock that Smith went after the single-digit jersey. Nevertheless it definitely will likely be attention-grabbing to see how the Cowboys devoted react to seeing one other participant in Romo’s jersey simply 4 years after his retirement.