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Eric Decker really loves the number 87. 

The wide receiver has just joined the New York Jets from the Super Bowl runners up Denver Broncos.

During his time at Denver, Decker rocked the number 87 on his bright orange jersey and he wants too keep up that tradition in the Big Apple.

There was just one problem though, Jeff Cumberland. Decker's new teammate and tight end already wore the 87 for the Mean Green and wasn't about to give it up easily.

A standoff ensued and it proved to be a costly one for the former free agent Decker.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the 27 year old has had to fork out $25,000 dollars and one steak dinner for the honour of wearing 87 for next year and the rest of his time in New York.

Decker signed a 5-year, $36.25 million deal at the start of free agency so it's not like he can't afford the deal, but still excellent work from Cumberland and i'm sure that it's not going to be a cheap steak either.

Cumberland wore No. 87 last season after wearing No. 86 for the first three years of his career. It's proven to be a very lucrative decision.

Decker admitted in his introductory conference call that he knew he would have to haggle for the rights to the number:

"I reached out to Jeff and asked him how dedicated he was to the number,” Decker told reporters. “We're going to negotiate what we're going to do with the number."

The number proved to be a good omen for Decker last season. He recorded 172 receptions for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns in the past two seasons catching passes from Peyton Manning.

Cumberland on the other hand will now wear No. 85.

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