4 Cleveland Browns players who should change their number
With the NFL expected to relax the rules on numbers players can wear, there will be some changes this season and these 4 Cleveland Browns should be among them
The NFL is finally expected to do something fun and allow players some freedom in the numbers they wear.
A proposal set forth by the Kansas City Chiefs is expected to pass per Peter King of SI.com, and it’s apparently been brought forth by the Chiefs since they’re running low on numbers in the low 20s due to some numbers being retired as well as an influx of defensive backs in a pass-happy league.
Rather than make all their defensive backs and running backs wear the ugly 40s, they decided to see if the league will help out.
Per King, If accepted, the rule allows the following numbers to be assigned by position.
"QB, punter, kicker: 1-19. RB, TE, WR: 1-49, 80-89. DB: 1-49. LB: 1-59, 90-99. OL: 50-79. DL: 50-79, 90-99."
As for the Cleveland Browns, they have several players who might be interested in changing their numbers if the rule goes through. Here we look at four such players.
4. Austin Hooper, from No. 81 to No. 18
Austin Hooper has just one season with the Browns under his belt and could be one of the players interested in changing his number. Currently, he wars No. 81 which is the same number he wore while with the Atlanta Falcons.
Having said that, it’s not the number he wore collegiately for Stanford. While playing for the Cardinal, he was wearing No. 18. The new rules could be attractive to him as it would allow him to return to the number from his collegiate days ‚— and since he just wears that number flipped around, it obviously is one he likes.