In April, NFL owners passed a rule expanding eligible jersey numbers for certain positions. The new rule allows running backs, tight ends, fullbacks, H-backs and wide receivers to wear numbers 1-49 and 80-89; defensive backs can choose from 1-49; linebackers 1-59 and 90-99; offensive linemen 50-79; and defensive linemen 50-79 and 90-99. QBs, kickers and punters will remain in 1-19.
After the announcement, several players posted on social media that they’re considering switching jersey numbers. Wide receiver DJ Moore is the first Panthers’ player to actually do it. Friday, he announced via instagram that he will now wear the #2.
The NFL requires any player who choses to change their number to purchase all unsold stock of official NFL jerseys that have the player’s current number.