Dozens of NFL players have made the decision to change their jersey numbers for the 2021 season, and now we can add pass-rusher Matt Judon to that list. Tuesday, the New England Patriots announced the new jersey numbers for some of their veterans, including Judon ditching his old No. 99 shirt for No. 9.
The former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker signed a four-year, $56 million contract early in free agency and was part of the mad rush Bill Belichick orchestrated at the start of the legal tampering period. of the NFL. Judon was considered one of the best players at his position in free agency and is coming off his second straight Pro Bowl season. The Ravens placed the franchise tag on Judon last offseason, and he recorded 50 combined tackles, six sacks and two assists defensed in 14 games played. He was originally selected by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Grand Valley State, where he wore No. 9. Judon recorded 34.5 sacks and 236 combined tackles in 76 career NFL games.
Another new Patriot opting to take advantage of the new jersey rule adopted by NFL owners is former Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills, who will now apparently wear number 2. According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, NFL rules will require a player to repurchase existing inventory from jersey distributors if they wish to change their number this season. If the player waits until 2022 to change their number, they will not have to buy back inventory. Again, if a player changes teams during the offseason, this rule may not apply to them.
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