The NFL will have a new look this year with players now allowed more jersey number flexibility than before. The league officially loosened its restrictions on Wednesday.
For context, here’s a handy graph from Wikipedia showing the PREVIOUS limits:
The NEW changes allow:
- Running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends to wear 1-49 and 80-89
- Defensive backs to wear any number from 1-49
- Linebackers to wear any numbers from 1-59 and 90-99
- All offensive linemen to wear 50-79 (centers previously only allowed in 50s)
As for what’s stayed the same, quarterbacks must still pick between 1-19. Defensive line options haven’t expanded, either.
Needless to say, it’ll be pretty interesting to see what jersey number changes come about, especially as it relates to Philadelphia Eagles players. Darius Slay and Miles Sanders previously talked about gunning for No. 2, which is now open with Jalen Hurts wisely moving to No. 1.
But perhaps some changes will be delayed to 2022:
Per NFL rules, if a player wants to change his number THIS SEASON, he would have to buy out the existing inventory of jersey distributors.— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) April 21, 2021
If he wants to give notice now to change his number NEXT SEASON, there would be no requirement to buy out inventory. https://t.co/XvduiMgSw3
In any case, you can bet your behind Benjamin Solak and I will eventually be breaking down the Eagles’ jersey number changes for a special #JerseyNumberAnalytics podcast for BGN Radio in the future.