What's the Cost of Buying an NFL Jersey Number?

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What's the Cost of Buying an NFL Jersey Number?
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Most NFL players hold a special affinity for a certain jersey number, and there have been a select few willing to dole out ridiculous sums of money to ensure their number of choice is secured.

The latest number-buying story comes from new Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, who, according to Paul Lukas of ESPN's Uniwatch, paid Mark Barron $50,000 for the right to wear the No. 24 jersey. 

Revis wore No. 24 during each of his first six seasons with the New York Jets. Barron will now wear No. 23. 

The money here is worth putting into context.

While $50,000 is a considerable chunk of change for most of us, Revis won't be hurting for money any time soon. 

The game's highest-paid cornerback is scheduled to make $14.5 million over the entire 2013 season, and he'll earn roughly $765,000 per week in base salary. ESPN's Darren Rovell also reports that Revis will be able to claim the $50,000 as a "business expense" tax write-off. 

If Revis really does consider the No. 24 a part of his identity, he re-obtained it without a huge financial committment. 

However, Revis isn't the only player in recent history to spend some cash to get a jersey number. In fact, it happens much more often than most realize. 

In the following slides, we'll present the NFL players who have received their number of choice through cash payment. 

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