Earlier this offseason, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith flirted with the idea of changing his jersey number for the 2021 season. After taking time to think it over, the Notre Dame product has decided that he’ll go back to his roots.
Smith has worn No. 54 ever since he was drafted by the Cowboys. However, his time wearing that number has now officially come to an end.
On Tuesday, the Cowboys announced that Smith will wear No. 9 for the 2021 season. It’s a controversial decision by Smith since Dallas fans will forever associate that number with Tony Romo.
Prior to the NFL Draft, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talked to the media about No. 9 and whether he’d let another player wear that number.
“Sometimes it’s a good enough deal for them to want to change and sometimes it isn’t,” Jones said, via the Cowboys’ official site. “We usually, as you know, let our players work it out between themselves. If anybody wants No. 9, we’ll have to represent Romo on this side of the table.”
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This jersey switch for Smith will come at a cost.
According to ESPN reporter Todd Archer, Smith will need to pay close to mid-six figures just to buy out the current inventory of his No. 54 jerseys and shirts.
Dallas fans, do you like this jersey switch for Jaylon Smith?