It’s the most talked about 24 since Jack Bauer’s eighth (!) sleepless day, and it now belongs to Darrelle Revis.
Mark Barron wore jersey #24 for the Buccaneers as a rookie last year after being selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft. Four days before the 2013 draft, the Buccaneers traded for Revis, the All-Pro cornerback who happened to have made the #24 pretty famous during his years with the Jets. That kicked off the obvious speculation – you know, after people got tired of talking about Revis’ enormous talent and what it will mean to Tampa Bay’s secondary – that Revis and Barron would strike some sort of deal to transfer ownership of that jersey number with the Buccaneers.
It didn’t have to happen, but it always seemed quite likely to happen…and now it has happened. Leaving the issue of how the transfer was negotiated between teammates, the Bucs confirmed on Friday that Revis will wear #24 and Barron will move to #23. That also necessitated the move of CB Myron Lewis from #23 to #31, the number E.J. Biggers previously wore before departing in free agency.
So jersey #24 will still be prominently featured in the Buccaneers’ secondary this year, just one level closer to the line. Barron, sporting #23, will play beside new safety teammate Dashon Goldson, #38. Returning CB Eric Wright is still sporting #21 and second-round draft pick CB Johnthan Banks has taken over #27, last worn by RB LeGarrette Blount. The Bucs even avoided giving #24 temporarily to a player on a tryout contract this weekend at the Bucs’ rookie mini-camp.
As a celebration of this anticipated switch, which was revealed at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Buccaneer fans can enjoy free-shipping on all merchandise purchased through the online team store for an entire week. Yes, that includes some new #24 Revis and #23 Barron jerseys. The free shipping period began at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. ET next Friday, May 10.
Speaking of Banks and the rookie mini-camp, his fellow 2013 draftees put on their first NFL jersey numbers on Friday. The entire roster can be found here but here’s the rookie rundown:
- #8 QB Mike Glennon
- #27 CB Johnthan Banks
- #25 RB Mike James
- #92 DE William Gholston
- #96 DE Steven Means
- #97 DT Akeem Spence