In today’s NFL, rookies aren’t quite making what they used to on the old collective bargaining agreement.
However, it is still a decent chunk of change. One of the generic questions these players are asked shortly after receiving this life-changing amount of money is what will be their first purchase?
While some will say expensive cars or new houses, we now know what one New York Jets rookie is planning to do this offseason with his cold hard cash.
ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here!
Time to Get to Work
During the beginning part of the video, you can hear Johnson say he “needs to do business” with third-year wide receiver Denzel Mims in regards to the No. 11 jersey number.
Johnson wore the No. 11 jersey number at all three colleges that he was a member of:
- Independence Community College
- University of Georgia
- Florida State University
Now he’d like to continue that tradition in the NFL.
Gang Green traded up in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft to select the talented pass rusher.
Mims has had the No. 11 jersey since he entered the league as the No. 59 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft.
Sensing a Trend
Jersey number purchases are the hot trendy thing in this 2022 offseason.
New York Giants rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux ended up donating $50,000 to veteran Graham Gano’s charity (Puppies Behind Bars) to get the No. 5 jersey:
Reed will now shift to the No. 4 jersey and Sauce gets the No. 1 jersey he had while playing for Cincinnati. We aren’t aware of how much scratch he had to give up, although we know how much he didn’t thanks to a recent tweet:
Mims may be open to changing his jersey number, although he hasn’t made that stance public.
However, based on his initial two years in the league perhaps the former Baylor product would be open to a complete rebranding heading into 2022.
During his time with the Bears, Mims wore two different jersey numbers: No. 5 and No. 15.
During the offseason, every NFL team has a 90-man roster. Most teams will have that through the preseason until we cut down to the final-53.
In other words almost every jersey number will be accounted for over the coming months, so we’ll have to see how things play out in the private dealings between players.