Jalen Ramsey Switches Jersey to No. 5 from No. 20; Rams Tweet Photo of Uniform

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 13, 2021

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 10: Jalen Ramsey #5 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during open practice at SoFi Stadium on June 10, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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Jalen Ramsey will have a new look in 2021. 

The Los Angeles Rams star cornerback is changing numbers, going from No. 20 to No. 5 for the upcoming season:

Los Angeles Rams @RamsNFL

Jalen Ram5ey. <br><br>New number. New season. Same goal. pic.twitter.com/2S7TXsISAq

Ramsey had been interested in a different number, saying in April he was eyeing the No. 2:

Jalen Ramsey @jalenramsey

😂😂🤣🤣 Imma chill.. But nah let this rule pass forreal &amp; I got my eyes on that 2 https://t.co/lLTuoMmo1r

Jalen Ramsey @jalenramsey

I forgot that @robertwoods would definitely want number ✌🏾 but y’all just let him know that that 17 fye 😂

But Robert Woods claimed No. 2 instead. The Rams reportedly went with seniority to decide, per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, and Woods has both more time in the NFL and more time with the team. 

Los Angeles Rams @RamsNFL

.@Serra__Football ➡️ @USC_Athletics ➡️ LA Rams @robertwoods is back in 2. pic.twitter.com/ifIRLk5IY9

Woods has more history with the number, having worn it in college at USC. Ramsey, meanwhile, wore No. 8 in his college days with Florida State. 

Either way, it's an expensive decision. According to Florio, "there’s still a significant inventory of Ramsey No. 20 jerseys, and so Ramsey will have to pay about $330,000 to buy out those jerseys for the NFL to let him wear No. 5."

The 26-year-old Ramsey remains one of the NFL's better cornerbacks, regardless of number. He was a Pro Bowler for the fourth time in 2020 and a first-team All-Pro selection for the second time after registering 44 tackles, an interception and nine passes defensed in 15 games.