Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson announced on Twitter last week that he was going to change his umber from 28 to 23. Seems like it wouldn't be a problem.
Peterson was then told by an unnamed source that he would need to by all of the unused number 28 jerseys. One million dollars, according to Peterson.
That's when Adrian got mad. Peterson made some great points, such as, his jersey is among the most sold in the NFL, ranked 15th according to NFL.com, and that he isn't even paid $1 million by Nike for his endorsement.
The NFL jersey contract with Reebok just ended and Nike will take over in 2012. So it really shouldn't be a problem. All the Reebok jerseys are going to be outdated regardless of what number Peterson uses.
The NFL rule states that a player must buy the remaining amount of unsold jerseys before you change jersey numbers. However, wouldn't this be good for the NFL? Peterson's new 23 jersey would get more sales since it is a new jersey and people who have already bought his 28 jersey would most likely buy his new 23 one.
On the flip side, I do see the manufacturers problem. They are going to have warehouses of pretty much unsellable jerseys. Sporting goods stores would lose a lot of money on his old number.
I see both sides of this issue, but $1 million is a little much. AP will probably have to wait until 2013 to change to 23.