Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. says he’s “focused” on his jersey number, which means Carson Wentz will have to trade his number 11 for another.
Pittman told TMZ Sports on Monday that he spoke with Wentz after he was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles last week about how he was willing to keep No. 11, to which the rookie wide receiver responded, “I’m No. 11. “.
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“I don’t think there is going to be a deal going on,” the wide receiver said.
But Pittman says there are no hard feelings between the two. He said Wentz told him he was “probably going to change anyway.”
“He asked me with great respect and I appreciated him for that,” Pittman added. “I think he’s a great guy, because a lot of guys with his status would come and demand and things like that.”
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Tom Brady found himself in a similar situation last season when he shared the same number with Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin.
“I think just out of respect for what he has done, what he has accomplished and the career he has built for himself, you have to lean on that respect,” Godwin said before changing his jersey to No. 14.
Pittman, a USC second-round pick, finished his first season with the Colts, where he totaled 503 receiving yards and a touchdown in 13 games. According to ESPN, he wore No. 6 in college, then began his NFL career at No. 86 before settling on No. 11.
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Wentz, however, used the same number during the five seasons he played in Philadelphia. He also wore it while playing at North Dakota State University.
The Eagles agreed to trade Wentz to the Colts last week in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 second-round conditional pick.