Originally Posted by thecoylewis
He's easily a top 5 receiver in the league. If he switches teams and a player there has 85 already, he pays for the jersey. It's that simple. There aren't any other BIG NAME 85's in the league so it's not an issue.
It's going to be more though than just changing his name. He's likely going to have to dish out some money to Reebok. They have lots of Johnson 85 jerseys and won't just take a loss on them to reprint new jerseys.
Jerry Porter of the Jacksonville Jaguars, formerly of the Oakland Raiders was going to switch from his 84 to another jersey number for last season with the Raiders to get a "new beginning" and was informed by Reebok that if he did so, he would have to pay production costs for the Porter 84 jerseys in circulation so that they could print new jerseys. He declined.
I never knew that. Maybe they would be easier with Chad since his jersey sells way more than Jerry Porter's does. I'll rep you after I spread some around.