Eric Decker paid $25,000 and a steak dinner for the #87 jersey
When he was with the Denver Broncos, Eric Decker wor the number 87 jersey. Now that he was moved on from the Broncos and is now a member of the New York Jets, he wants to continue wearing the number. unfortunately, the number is already occupied by Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland.
Eric Decker negotiated w/Jeff Cumberland to get his No. 87 back. I’m told the price was $25K & steak dinner. JC is a smart business man #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) April 1, 2014
Decker immediately set about to buying the number off Cumberland. According to Manish Mheta of the New York Daily News, it cost Decker $25,000 and a steak dinner.
It’s quite a hefty sum for a number. But Decker did sign a huge contract worth $36.25M including $15M guaranteed. So it’s not like he can’t afford it.
It’s not the first time that a player has payed a lot of money or had to do a service in order to obtain a jersey number when they sign for a new team. Darrelle Revis reportedly had to pay Mark Barron $50,000 for the number 24 when he arrived in Tampa a year ago. Former Cadrinals legend payed Kyle Arrington a years supply of diapers to get the number 24 when he signed for the Patriots.