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