New Arizona Cardinals get their numbers
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals announced the numbers the new free agents will wear in 2018
Not that it was news we were all sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to hear, but nevertheless the Arizona Cardinals announced on Thursday which jersey numbers have been assigned to each recently signed free agent. Both new quarterbacks will be wearing numbers familiar to Cardinals fans.
The two new quarterbacks got numbers recent Cardinals quarterbacks had. Sam Bradford is going to wear number 9. Mike Glennon is going with number 7.
Bradford has worn 7 and 8 in his career but will go with the 9 in Arizona. The last quarterback to wear wear that jersey in Arizona was Matt Barkley.
As for Glennon, he will go with number 7. That number was worn by recently departed quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Matt Leinart also wore that number as a Cardinals quarterback.
Rounding out the numbers for the free agents, the two offensive Andre Smith and Justin Pugh will get 71 and 67 respectively. 67 was worn by former Cardinals great Luis Sharpe. Earl Watford wore 71 for the Cardinals in 2017.
In the end it doesn’t really matter what number each player wears as long as they represent the Cardinals in a professional manner wearing them. It would also help if each of them produced.
From where I sit, a little surprised they continue to let players wear Sharpe’s old number but it hasn’t been retired, so it is available. Pugh should wear it well in Arizona.
Hopefully we won’t have to see Glennon in a regular season game anytime soon. You will get to see him in the preseason though.
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There will be more additions to the roster. Jersey numbers aren’t usually a big deal unless it is a number fans got used to seeing a popular former player wear. I don’t care what number they wear for the most part as long as they help put a ‘w’ in the standings.