With the age-old request for a relaxation of the jersey number constraints in the NFL being approved, several players have decided to rock different numbers in 2021.
In April, NFL franchise owners approved a proposal that would allow skill position players to wear a greater range of jersey numbers. It was a change that was generally met with a positive response from players and fans.
However, some players including Tom Brady have come out strongly against the rule change. According to Brady, it’ll be much harder for offenses and will “make for a lot of bad football.”
Regardless, many players seem excited, specifically with the prospect of wearing single digit uniforms, which were previously reserved for QBs and special teams players.
A good mix of NFL stars are set to change their number this year, usually going back to the number they wore in college. There is one thing holding them back, though.
Any player switching this season will have to pay for their entire existing inventory out of their own pockets, but can make the change for free in the 2022 season.
Per NFL rules, if a player wants to change his number THIS SEASON, he would have to buy out the existing inventory of jersey distributors.
If he wants to give notice now to change his number NEXT SEASON, there would be no requirement to buy out inventory. https://t.co/XvduiMgSw3
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) April 21, 2021
Which NFL Players Are Changing their Jersey Number in 2021?
Below is a list of all the NFL players who have confirmed they will be switching it up. (Only includes players taking advantage of the rule change and old numbers are in brackets).
- RB Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams – No. 3 (No. 23)
- RB James Conner, Arizona Cardinals – No. 6 (No. 30)
- RB Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals – No. 2 (No. 29)
- RB Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – No. 7 (No. 28)
- RB Mark Ingram, Houston Texans – No. 2 (No. 21)
- RB Damien Williams, Chicago Bears – No. 8 (No. 26)
- WR Lynn Bowden, Miami Dolphins – No. 6 (No. 15)
- WR Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens – No. 5 (No. 15)
- WR Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts – No. 1 (No. 15)
- WR Will Fuller, Miami Dolphins – No. 3 (No. 15)
- WR K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos – No. 1 (No. 13)
- WR Allen Hurns, Miami Dolphins – No. 8 (No. 17)
- WR Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills – No. 1 (No. 10)
- WR Sterling Shepard, New York Giants – No. 3 (No. 87)
- WR DeSean Jackson, Los Angeles Rams – No. 1 (No. 10)
- WR Zay Jones, Las Vegas Raiders – No. 7 (No. 12)
- WR Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams – No. 2 (No. 17)
- WR D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers – No. 2 (No. 12)
- S Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals – No. 3 (No. 32)
- S Quandre Diggs, Seattle Seahawks – No. 6 (No. 37)
- S Jordan Fuller, Los Angeles Rams – No. 4 (No. 32)
- S Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears – No. 4 (No. 39)
- S Donovan Wilson, Dallas Cowboys – No. 6 (No. 37)
- CB Noah Igbinoghene, Miami Dolphins – No. 9 (No. 23)
- CB Jalen Mills, New England Patriots – No. 2 (No. 31)
- CB Byron Murphy, Arizona Cardinals – No. 7 (No. 33)
- CB Patrick Peterson, Minnesota Vikings – No. 7 (No. 21)
- CB Darius Slay, Philadelphia Eagles – No. 2 (No. 24)
- CB Darious Williams, Los Angeles Rams – No. 11 (No. 31)
- CB Jason Verrett, San Francisco 49ers – No. 2 (No. 22)
- LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, New England Patriots – No. 8 (No. 51)
- LB L.J. Fort, Baltimore Ravens – No. 3 (No. 58)
- LB Matt Judon, New England Patriots – No. 9 (No. 99)
- LB Kenneth Murray, Los Angeles Chargers – No. 9 (No. 56)
- LB Patrick Queen, Baltimore Ravens, No. 6 (No. 48)
- LB Jaylon Smith, Dallas Cowboys – No. 9 (No. 54)