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Will Kenny Pickett have to pay Steelers Karl Joseph to wear

There's a new No. 8 taking the reins of an AFC North franchise.

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett made waves sporting the No. 8 shirt for the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Steelers first-round pick was a terror for Mallex Smith Jersey college defenses, racking up 42 touchdowns and over 4,000 pa sing yards en route to a third-place finish in Heisman voting last year.

He'll already be on the same field he established himself as an NFL prospect. Now, he'll have a chance to do it in the number he's worn since he was a wee freshman with the Panthers.

The QB revealed he'd be wearing No. 8 on April 29th after being selected 20th overall by the Steelers.

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But before that could happen, Pittsburgh's Jalen Beeks Jersey newest member had some convincing to do.

Who wore No. 8 on the Steelers before Kenny Pickett?

Safety Karl Joseph held that number on the roster before Pickett was able to stake his claim on it. The West Virginia product wore No. 8 with the Mountaineers and switched from No. 30 to No. 8 shirt partway through last year after Melvin Ingram was traded last season.

Joseph, a former first round pick in 2016, spent the majority of the 2021 season on the Steelers practice squad. He appeared in two games last season. Joseph signed back on with the Steelers during the 2022 offseason on a one-year deal.

He will sport the No. 38 Christian Arroyo Jersey jersey next season, combining the numbers he's worn in each of the past two seasons (Joseph wore No. 30 prior to wearing No. 8).

Cost for Kenny Pickett to wear No. 8

Paying off the player who currently holds the jersey another player wants is a common practice and it'snot immediately known how much Pickett will have to shell over for the rights to No. 8.

It's po sible Joseph handed over the number willingly. It's also po sible the Steelers didn't give Joseph that choice and made the executive decision for their first round pick.

Often, it can cost a lot for players to wear their preferred numbers. Though not a rookie, to defensive back Ifeanyi Ohalete in exchange for the No. 26 jersey after he was traded to the Commanders back in 2004.

Rookies looking to swap Austin Meadows Jersey jerseys with vets have to get creative with their gifts, at times, too. Before Eli Manning was a two-time Super Bowl champion and Giants icon, he was a wide-eyed rookie, destined for the bright lights of the big city after New York acquired his draft rights from the Chargers in 2004.

Manning wanted to wear No. 10, the same number he wore while tearing it up at Ole Mi s. There was just one problem: The number was taken by longtime punter Jeff Feagles.

Manning was the Giants' future, Feagles He had no problem parting Brent Honeywell Jersey with his jersey number. He just had one request.

“I said Listen, Eli is going to wear that number a lot longer than I am going to,” Feagles said. “I have no problem with it. We can work the details out later, but tell him hes going to have to come up with something.”

Manning and Feagles came to an agreement: Manning would front the bill for Feagles and his family to travel to Destin, Florida, for vacation.

“It was awesome,” Feagles said.

The decision worked out for Manning, too. He enjoyed a wonderful career in Gotham, racking up numerous accolades over the course of his 16-year Giants career.

We don't know what Pickett had to offer to get his preferred Nathan Eovaldi Jersey jersey number. However, one thing is certain: if he can achieve a modicum of what the likes of Portis and Manning did, it'll be a worthwhile investment.


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