Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner pays big money for No. 1 jersey

FLORHAM PARK (N.J.) — When Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner The draft was prepared by New York JetsHe decided to look out for the No. 1 jersey. He spent $50,000 on it.

In an effort to keep his college number, the rookie cornerback offered to pay that sum to his teammate D.J. Reed Thank you for the number. Reed signed with the Jets In March, after having played with the Seattle Seahawks For two seasons. He wore No. Last year, he wore No. 1 in the first part of this offseason.

After a short negotiation, Gardner confirmed Tuesday's transaction and said he wired money directly to Reed. In essence, they swapped numbers. Gardner landed No. They swapped numbers, with Gardner landing No. 4 to Reed

You can add a little sweetness, of course. Gardner simply replied, “Fifty,” when Gardner was asked how much he paid.

Gardner is able to afford it because of his rookie contract. He was the fourth overall selection and signed a $43.5 million four-year contract with a $21.5 million signing bonus.

The No. 1 jersey was worn by the Jets rookie. 1, during his final two seasons at University of Cincinnati. Gardner stated that this was “a major reason” why Gardner was willing to pay such a high price, but it was much more. “When I got the nickname “Sauce,” I had number 1, he explained, recalling his childhood in Detroit. “It's all the little things. It feels right to me.

Gardner was just seven years old when his youth coach was impressed by his fancy moves and called him “A1 Sauce Sweet Foot Gardner.” It was eventually shortened to “Sauce.”

No. The Jets don't give out No. 1 very often. Pro Football Reference reports that Michael Vick, backup quarterback in 2014, was the last person to wear it during a full season. Backup safety Kai Nacua It was only worn once last season.

Reed declined to disclose the amount of money he was paid for the number in a recent interview. He said, “I'm going to not talk business.”

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