The days of Jaccpot No. 10 are over.
Newly signed Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson commented Wednesday that he would be interested in trying to acquire the team’s No. 10 jersey — a number he’s worn since his rookie season — from Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Number trades are far from uncommon in the NFL, but franchise quarterbacks are typically immune to the process. RGIII — whose jersey set sales records last year — quickly shot down any rumors, tweeting that his new wideout will have to find a new number to wear.
Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 03, 2014
So, since Jackson can’t wear No. 10, he is “leaning” toward No. 11, according to Adam Schefter, despite the artwork Jackson posted to Instagram below.
Jackson did wear No. 1 during his time at Cal, but he’ll have a tough time getting that one past the NFL, which only allows receivers to wear numbers in the 80s and teens. Devin Hester, who wore No. 23 with the Chicago Bears, has been the lone exception in recent years, as he was allowed to keep the number after beginning his career as a cornerback.
You’ll also see a few single-digit receivers floating around in the preseason (Victor Cruz wore No. 3 in 2010, for example), but they’ll be forced to conform to league regulations by Week 1.