Many expected that signing DeSean Jackson would accompany controversy for the Washington Redskins, but few expected the ruckus would come from his jersey number. In Philadelphia, Jackson wore No. 10. In Washington, Robert Griffin III wears No. 10.
Thinking RG3 would give up his jersey number was premature, if not silly. Griffin is the face of the franchise and there are about a million Griffin No. 10 jerseys already sold. But now it's official: DeSean Jackson will wear No. 11. The news came courtesy of the Redskins Team Store Twitter feed, where it was announced that Jackson jerseys are now for sale.
Now all of the number controversy can be put to rest. Aldrick Robinson, like he announced earlier via Twitter, will switch to No. 15.
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But Jackson and Griffin were not the only ones with numbers changing. Backup QB Kirk Cousins announced he will switch from No. 12 to No. 8, the number he wore at Michigan State University. Rex Grossman previously wore No. 8, but with Colt McCoy now on the team and Grossman gone, No. 8 became available.
Cousins was willing to give up No. 12 because new wide receiver Andre Roberts agreed to make a $12,000 donation to Cousins Football Camp in order to take the number. Redskins.com has more on the Cousins-Robert deal that seems to benefit everyone.
The number shift does not change there. Newly signed safety Ryan Clark will wear No. 25. Clark wore 25 when he played with the Skins nearly a decade ago, and he wore the same number with the Steelers.
For now, the number crunch appears over.