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Revis pays big for uniform number

06/19/2013 4:38 PM ET
By Chantz Martin

Wearing No. 24 for Tampa Bay didn't come cheap for Darrelle Revis.(AP)
Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will continue to don No. 24 when he takes the field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, despite the number recently being worn by safety Mark Barron.

Revis reportedly paid Barron $50,000 for the number, reports Uni-Watch.com. The three-time All-Pro cornerback is scheduled to earn $13 million in salary this season, which equates to approximately $764,700 per week. The $50,000 Revis paid reflects roughly six percent of Revis' projected weekly income.

Players paying for a uniform number isn't a new phenomenon, but the transactions do not always go as planned. In 2004, when Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis was traded to the Washington Redskins, Portis offered strong safety Ifeanyi Ohalete $40,000 for the rights to No. 26. When Ohalete was released by the Redskins, Portis ceased payments prompting Ohalete to file a civil suit.

Revis, 27, was awarded the AFC defensive player of the year in 2009 and made four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2008-2011 as a New York Jet. Last season, he was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL before the Jets traded him to the Buccaneers in April.

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