The NFL is always looking to update and improve the game, as multiple rule changes are proposed and looked over every year. In 2021, the Baltimore Ravens made the “spot and choose” proposal, a rule that would change the way that overtime is played. However, it’s a rule proposed by the Kansas City Chiefs that has the attention of many.
The Chiefs proposed a rule that would ease jersey number restriction for multiple different positions. With the rule likely to be passed, it will give players all around the NFL an option to wear single digit numbers, as well as go back to the numbers that they once wore in college or even high school.
Here’s what the proposed rule would look like:
This would be the updated look:
QB, K, P: 1-19
RB, TE, WR: 1-49, 80-89
LB: 1-59, 90-99
DL: 50-79, 90-99
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 5, 2021
If the rule is passed, there are plenty of Ravens players who could be looking to make a jersey switch. One of those players is linebacker Patrick Queen, who wore No. 8 in college but switched to No. 48 at the NFL level because linebackers currently aren’t allowed to wear single-digit numbers.
Even if Queen was eligible to wear No. 8 in the NFL, he would have had a slight problem, as quarterback Lamar Jackson already wears the number. Even so, with the new rule potentially coming soon, Queen posted an image of him in a No. 8 Ravens jersey, tagging Jackson in the post.
— (@Patrickqueen_) April 8, 2021
While it’s very unlikely that Queen can pry No. 8 from Jackson, the quarterback responded to the tweet, using multiple emojis.
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 10, 2021
Seemingly, the emojis could mean that Jackson would give up the number for the right price. However, with Jackson already establishing himself as one of the best players in the league with No. 8, it’s hard to see him moving off of the number, especially as his jersey has become one of the most popular in the NFL.
It will be interesting to see which players end up changing their jersey numbers, assuming the proposed rule is passed. A few Baltimore players could make a switch, but it’s highly unlikely it will be Queen switching to the No. 8 jersey that Jackson currently owns.