Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/18/13
Darrelle Revis could have paid a hefty sum to wear No. 24. According to Uni-Watch.com, the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback paid second-year safety Mark Barron 50,000 to take the number. Deals are worked out between players and usually not made public, but if the report is accurate, Barron received a healthy payment to switch to No. 23 in May. Revis wore No. 24 during a six-year career with the New York Jets that included four Pro Bowl appearances and three All-Pro mentions. The Bucs traded for him April 21, and Revis received a six-year, 96 million deal. So yes, he could afford to offer a figure too good for Barron to refuse.Number change was not forced organization left tht up to me and @Revis24. So I chose to let him get the number Mark Barron (@M_B_24) May 3, 2013It's official: Darrelle Revis will wear 24. Mark Barron is going to make 23 a number opponents will remember. More: http:t.cooNGzT6Ulpo Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) May 3, 2013This is not the first time teammates have swapped dollars for digits. In 2004, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis made an agreement to pay safety Ifeanyi Ohalete 40,000 for No. 26. Ohalete later sued after Portis allegedly paid only half of the sum. They eventually reached an 18,000 settlement. In 2011, New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (now Chad Johnson), reportedly was open to offer anything to tight end Aaron Hernandez for No. 85. Hernandez ended up giving Ochocinco the number for free as a welcome-to-the-team gift, though the wide receiver joked that he might offer Hernandez some leftover McDonald's coupons. You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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