Calvin Ridley will have a new number for the 2023 season
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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday former Alabama wideout, Calvin Ridley will wear number zero for the 2023 NFL season.
The NFL approved a proposal to allow players to wear No. o Tuesday.
NFL owners just approved the proposal to allow players to wear Number Zero, I’m told.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2023
Ridley wore No. 3 while at Alabama, but when the Atlanta Falcons drafted him late in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, he chose to wear No. 18. The NFL implemented a new number system in 2021 and announced defensive backs, running backs, full backs, tight ends, and wide receivers could wear any jersey number from 1- 49 and 80-89. Despite speculation the rule change would lead Ridley to go back to the No. 3 he wore at college, Ridley still stuck with 18, tweeting out “18 till the end.” It seems he’s had a change of heart since then.
One of the stipulations keeping players from changing their numbers is that they have to pay the NFL for the existing inventory of jerseys that feature the player’s previous number. The price point depends on the popularity of the player, and the more popular players will have to pay over a million dollars to switch.
Calvin Ridley will wear No. 0. #DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/Recqc0Jgf9
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) March 28, 2023
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence appears to be on board with the number change, he quote tweeted Ridley’s announcement saying “Agent 0 I see ya!!!”
Agent 0 I see ya!!! 🔥 https://t.co/7mOQ1rJEIT
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) March 28, 2023