Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
Niners have an interesting dilemma.....with the expanded 90-player
rosters the Niners are among several teams with multiple (10+) retired
numbers/jerseys who will have to force players to double-up on the
available numbers remaining...Niners have I believe twelve retired
numbers (Bears [13 retired] and Giants  the other two comparable
Source: Paul Lukas, Uniwatch blog -
''Good query from Dan Dove, who writes: "With the NFL expanding
offseason roster limits to 90, a few teams will run into the problem
of not having enough numbers to issue. For instance, the Panthers only
have two numbers right now they can give to Luke Kuechly — 51 and 59
(90-99 are all taken). 51 is retired for Sam Mills, so 59 seems like
the logical choice. But what if they draft or sign another LB? Do they
temporarily switch a starter's number to 51 or give the retired number
to a guy unlikely to make the team?" Dan points out that several teams
have more than ten retired numbers, including the Bears (13), Giants
(11), and Niners (12), so those clubs will presumably come up against
this problem soonest. … ''
Could be a problem with the Teens, as we have 3 WRs left to be issued numbers once they are announced as UDFA signings, plus a PK as an UDFA.
No number inside 10-19 is open, as 12 and 16 are retired, and no way the team allows a player to wear those numbers.
Single number wise, 5 and 6 are open, this will be tight. Also 89 is open, so that will go to a WR(Owusu, Palmer or Tymes), then that leaves the other 2 WRs plus Girogio Tavecchio(PK from Cal) to issue a number to. Obviosly Tavecchio will be 5 or 6, as Specialists(PK and P) are 1-19, never anything else.
Also it isn't unusual to see a team issue a number twice, it's with a defensive and offensive player, never the same. So for example, LaMichael James is 23, but so is DB Cory Nelms. So Jewell Hampton and DaJuan Coefield could be 20(Perrish Cox), then the other would be in the 30's, maybe 35(Mark LeGree also), or 36(Spencer's old number and vacant). Cameron Bell(NIU FB) will likely be in the 40s.
Then we will have an issue with the DL players, Matt Masifilio, Patrick Butrym, Tony Jerod-Eddie, and then DE/OLB tweener Kourtnei Brown, who may get 51, but then Joe Holland(Purdue OLB) will need a Number.
All the 50s are taken but 51, and no 90s are available as 97 was Bryant Young's number, and I wouldn't think they will issue that number.
We have 3 unissued OL, Al Netter, David Gonzales and Kevin Murphy. So we will have issues.