The Cardinals had a handful of veterans change their jersey numbers with the regular season upon us. Safety Rashad Johnson, for instance, decided to dump the No. 49 he had worn since being drafted in 2009 for No. 26. Johnson figured that, with a new staff, a new contract signed in the spring and a new haircut (he shaved off his dreadlocks this offseason), a new number made sense.
But 26 was open to Johnson after final cuts. Linebacker John Abraham didn’t have that option with the No. 55 being worn by Karlos Dansby (who, coincidentally, couldn’t get back his original No. 58 when he returned to the Cards because Daryl Washington had it.) Abraham had been stuck with No. 53, but that didn’t stop him from eyeing Dansby’s 55 (seen below).
“It’s just something I feel I made my name out of,” Abraham said. “I’ve worn different numbers. I wore 94 before. But getting 55, like I said, I felt like I had success with it and I thought it was a good thing for me.”
Dansby, who had worn 58 his whole pro career before this season, certainly wasn’t wedded to 55. He said he didn’t have a problem giving it up.
“I just want the guys around me comfortable, man,” Dansby said. “Got to play at a high level as a team. I know that’d make him comfortable, wearing that 55. He’s new around here and I wanted to make his stay as comfortable as possible.”
Normally, of course, such a swap among high-priced vets would mean a price Abraham would have to pay. Dansby, though, said that wasn’t the case. “The only way he can make me comfortable is get a sack every game,” Dansby said. “If he gets a sack every game, I’m cool. That’s what he owes me.”
Abraham said from the time he arrived in Arizona, he was making noise he’d like to get 55 back. “I don’t know if it was a month-long process or not,” Abraham said, smile creeping over his face. “But dammit, it worked.
Dansby, meanwhile, took the No. 56 that had been worn by Reggie Walker before Walker was cut.
“(Number) 56 looks good too,” Dansby said with a laugh. “Know what I’m saying?”
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