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What Jersey Numbers Land On New Orleans Saints Newest Members?

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New Orleans added six total playes in this years draft, two in the first, third and seventh rounds. Of course the biggest splash was made in the first round after they took defensive end Cameron Jordan and running back Mark Ingram only four picks apart (24 and 28).

Currently none of these players have been issued numbers, but what options do they have? Jordan wore the number 97 in college, Ingram 22, linebacker Martez Wilson 2, corner Johnny Patrick 19, defensive end Greg Romeus 91 and linebacker Nate Bussey the number 18.

On the Saints roster number 97 is worn by Jeff Charleston, the number 22 by Tracy Porter, 2 is not taken (unavailable to a LB), 19 belongs to receiver Devery Henderson, 91 is Will Smith’s number and 18 is available (although again not available to a LB).

So none of the rookies college numbers will be availible to them, it’s a clean sweep.

Jordan, Romeus, Wilson and Bussey can choose between numbers 61, 63, 66, 67, 68 and 79. All the other numbers in their designated position range (50 through 79 and 90 through 99) are taken. Of course some of those players that currently own these numbers could be cut before the regular season.

Running back Mark Ingram is not going to get 22 away from Tracy Porter. He, and Johnny Patrick, will be able to choose from 26, 32, 40, 47 and 49. Again it’s likely that more numbers will come available after the leagues mandated cut to 52 players before the start of the season.

Running backs Julius Jones (21), Lynell Hamilton (30), DeShawn Wynn (35), Chris Taylor (36), Joique Bell (43), Jed Collins (45) and Ladell Betts (46) are likely not be on the roster opening day. If one had to make a guess to what number Ingram is favoring it’s probably the numbers 21, 32, 40 and 45.

The number 26 belongs to Deuce McAllister, the greatest running back in the history of the Saints franchise. I’m sure at some point the team will retire the number, and I don’t think Ingram would take it, even if offered, out of sheer respect for McAllister.