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Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith To Pay Out Mid-Six Figures To Switch Jersey Number

Want to make a six-figure donation to the National Football League REAL quick? Just tell them that you are going to change your jersey number.

The latest player who is set to pay the league all kinds of cash for changing his number is Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith.

Smith is going from No. 54 to No. 9, the team announced Tuesday.

So just how much is it going to cost Smith to make the move? Try a mid-six-figure cost. Seems outrageous for anyone to have to pay that type of moolah just for a number change, but the league has laid the law down. They don’t care what you think of the cost, the player has to ante up to make it happen.

The report says that in making the move to No. 9, the league would have to buy out the current inventory of No. 54 jerseys and t-shirts,

One interesting note is that if Smith had waited another year till 2022, it would not cost him any money.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones gave Smith the blessing to make the change. A source said Smith reached out to Tony Romo, who wore the number from 2003 to ’16, about the switch as well.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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