New team-mate made offer to wear jersey this season.
San Francisco 49ers star Anthony Dixon has revealed he rejected a $24,000 offer from team-mate Nnamdi Asomugha for his No.24 jersey.
Veteran cornerback Asomugha was released by the Philadelphia Eagles this off-season, but for the past two years with the franchise he had worn the No.24 jersey and was hopeful of doing the same with the 49ers.
However, that number is already taken by Dixon, who has worn the number since he was drafted by San Francisco in 2010 and had done previously during his college years.
As a result, Asomugha decided to make an audacious bid to prise the jersey away from his new team-mate by offering $24,000. Unfortunately for the 32-year-old he was unable to persuade Dixon to part with it and will begin the new season with the No.28.
“We tried to go $24K for 24, but I told him, ‘No, I’m going to keep my 24,'” Dixon told CSNBayArea.com.
“I worked hard to get that number when I first got here,” Dixon continued. “I worked hard to get it off somebody else. I’ve been No. 24 since high school and college.”
However, Dixon then went into detail over how the situation came about and revealed that Asomugha enquired about whether or not he could have the jersey number for himself during training camp.
While he is not willing to part with the number that has meant a lot to him during his career having fought to earn it on his arrival in San Fran, Dixon emphasised that he’s “not ready to sell it, yet”.
Asomugha will therefore have to deal with the disappointment, but will be keen to build on his hopes for this season as the 49ers’ third cornerback.