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Reserve running back turns down $24,000

  • Jason Whitney

Anthony Dixon will keep his number 24

San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon may not be raking in millions, but that doesn’t mean he will buckle under the pressure of Nnamdi Asomugha’s cash request for his number. Asomugha reportedly offered Dixon $24,000 for his number 24. Sounded like a good number, but Dixon worked too hard for that number when he was a rookie.


Veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha offered Dixon that hefty sum of money to take over as No. 24 on the 49ers. But Dixon said he would not allowed No. 24 to be bought off his back.

“We tried to go $24K for 24, but I told him, ‘No, I’m going to keep my 24,” Dixon said on Tuesday.

When Nnamdi came to the Niners this past offseason, he asked Dixon if he could wear number 24 because every other number was taken. NFL teams can carry extra players during training camp and the 49ers had 90 players so many numbers were shared on offense and defense. But that is as close as Nnamdi will apparently get to wearing number 24 with San Fransisco…at least for now.

“When he first got here, he asked me what I thought of him wearing No. 24, and I said, ‘Well, you can wear it,'” Dixon said. “I wanted him to look good. He asked if he could wear it so he doesn’t look like a bum. Every other number was already taken.”

“I worked hard to get that number when I first got here,” Dixon said. “I worked hard to get it off somebody else. I’ve been No. 24 since high school and college.”

Asomugha continued his quest to claim No. 24 on Tuesday. But Dixon told him, “I’m not ready to sell it, yet.”

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