Being ridiculously good-looking apparently isn't enough for Eric Decker to get whatever number he wants on his new team, the New York Jets.
No, the receiver's desired No. 87 comes with a price, and an enormous one at that.
According to reports, Decker had to wine and dine New York tight end Jeff Cumberland in order to have the No. 87. And then he had to pay Cumberland $25,000.
Eric Decker negotiated w/Jeff Cumberland to get his No. 87 back. I'm told the price was $25K & steak dinner. JC is a smart business man #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) April 1, 2014
Cumberland is an undrafted tight end who has come into his own recently. He's caught 55 passes for 757 yards and seven touchdowns over the past two seasons. Decker is the Jets' new No. 1 wide receiver after hauling in 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Denver Broncos in 2013. Still, Cumberland has dibs on the number because he wore it for the Jets last year.
Fortunately for Decker, he's got some spending money after signing a five-year, $36.25 million deal with the Jets.
While it sounds silly, jersey numbers have been a point of contention for new teammates in the past. Ifeanyi Ohalete once sued Clinton Portis after Portis only paid him $20,000 of the $40,000 he was owed for giving up No. 26.