Why Marvin Harrison Jr.'s Cardinals Jersey Isn't for Sale Yet

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. poses after being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. poses after being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Arizona Cardinals fans haven't been able to purchase a Marvin Harrison Jr. jersey since he was drafted No. 4 overall in last Thursday's NFL draft due to a licensing agreement issue.

The issue is that the rookie wide receiver has yet to sign a NFLPA licensing agreement in order for the league to distribute his jerseys. This is reportedly because of a disagreement between Harrison's camp and Fanatics, the company that sells the licensed jerseys, according to ESPN's Pat McAfee.

When Harrison was a sophomore at Ohio State, he was given a four-year NIL deal to sign with Fanatics. His camp is now apparently arguing to have his contract amount increased because his value is higher as an NFL rookie than as a college sophomore, McAfee said. Many NFL players have signed the deal in the past, but McAfee noted that this disagreement could make changes with the licensing contracts in the future.

So, until this issue is sorted out between Harrison and Fanatics in order for him to sign a NFLPA licensing agreement, the rookie receiver's jerseys will not be for sale. Fanatics outlined this in a tweet made the night of the draft.


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