Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) takes the field as he picks up the field before the first quarter of the 17th week NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday January 3, 2021 at Paul Brown Stadium in Downtown Cincinnati is presented Ravens led at halftime 17-3. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals likely stay at five in the 2021 NFL Draft
One of the things fans love to do is find out which shirt number will attract newly acquired players from our favorite team. The Bengals could have some players wearing new numbers this fall. The NFL will be voting on a new rule introduced by the Kansas City Chiefs that would allow players to wear numbers in the single digits.
The current rule prevented players with skill positions from wearing single-digit jersey numbers. The Bengali recipient Tee Higgins has already staked his claim to number five on Twitter.
There is a question as to whether the NFL will waive the requirement that players “buy out” their unsold jerseys before changing their numbers. Such was the case for WR John Ross in 2019 when he decided a change was needed and moved from number 15 to 11.
Spoiler alert! Turns out that wasn’t the change Ross needed to make. The possible rule change for single digit numbers is going to be very cool if implemented in the field. It will be breathtaking to see Higgins in the Cincinnati Bengals’ new number five jersey.
The #Chiefs proposal to expand the use of single-digit numbers is likely to be adopted when owners vote via @peter_king later this month. 24 votes are required.
This would be the updated look:
QB, K, P: 1-19
RB, TE, WR: 1-49, 80-89
LB: 1-59, 90-99
DL: 50-79, 90-99
– NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 5, 2021
The single digit rule change is likely to be taken advantage of by many players in the league. Changing the number of multiple players will prove financially beneficial for the NFL and its merchandising partners.
This is especially true of the Cincinnati Bengals as they are entering a season marketed under the hashtag New Stripes and are expected to reveal their new jerseys sometime between now and the draft on April 29th.
Another, more reluctant group of people who are sure to look forward to taking advantage of this new rule to their financial advantage are table footballers and punters. Congratulations Austin Seibert! There will be some who will receive a financial incentive from their teammates to change their jersey number.
Good for you. Exceptionally, kickers and players have the upper hand over position players. I think you could say the shoe is on the other foot. It will be fun to watch this whole process. Who wants which number? Which kicker and / or punter is paid the most to give up their jersey number?
What will it be like the first time we see an NFL linebacker score a bone-breaking hit while wearing number three? As a Bengals fan, which number change are you most looking forward to?