Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis will keep his jersey number and wear 24 for the upcoming season, the team announced on Friday.
Second-year safety Mark Barron wore the jersey number last season after being picked with the seventh overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Buccaneers traded for Revis the Monday before this year's draft after he spent his first six seasons with the New York Jets. "Revis Island" became known league wide as opponents' wide receivers had little success catching passes against Revis. He was named first-team All-Pro for three straight seasons before an ACL injury cut short his campaign in 2012.
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Leaving the issue of how the transfer was negotiated between teammates, the Bucs confirmed on Friday that Revis will wear #24 and Barron will move to #23. That also necessitated the move of CB Myron Lewis from #23 to #31, the number E.J. Biggers previously wore before departing in free agency.
So jersey #24 will still be prominently featured in the Buccaneers’ secondary this year, just one level closer to the line. Barron, sporting #23, will play beside new safety teammate Dashon Goldson, #38. Returning CB Eric Wright is still sporting #21 and second-round draft pick CB Johnthan Banks has taken over #27, last worn by RB LeGarrette Blount. The Bucs even avoided giving #24 temporarily to a player on a tryout contract this weekend at the Bucs’ rookie mini-camp.