Wilson cagey about swapping No. 20

November, 14, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Ed Reed has played a Hall of Fame career with a No. 20 jersey. Now that he’s a Jet, he showed up wearing No. 22. The No. 20 Jets jersey has been worn by cornerback Kyle Wilson since he was drafted in 2010 in the first round with the 29th overall pick.

Numbers mean a lot, they can be lucky, or signify a something larger for a player. Changing numbers may be considered bad luck, or merely annoying when every photo of your professional career is accompanied by a 20.

There’s a protocol at times like this. Usually it means that the veteran offers money and/or consideration to the younger player in exchange for the number.

But on Thursday, when Wilson was asked whether he had been approached by Reed for his number, the corner turned serious.

“Nah, I’m not trying to talk about that with you guys.” Wilson said.

Is a swap off the table?

“Not going to discuss that with you guys,” Wilson said.

Will we see on Sunday?

“I’m here for Buffalo,” Wilson said.

So there you have it. Maybe the 20 means something to Wilson, maybe Reed doesn’t want it, or maybe Wilson’s comments are just a starting point in the negotiations.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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