Jaquiski Tartt’s familiar No.29 jersey will no longer be hidden in the 49ers’ secondary. The 2015 second-round pick announced on social media on Monday that he would change his jersey number to 26.
While he is changing his number, it does not come due to the new relaxed NFL regulations on the digits allowed for each position.
Tartt’s 26 have always been approved for defensive backs, but he’s making the switch for a fresh start as he enters a pivotal year in his NFL career.
âThe reason for my jersey changeâ¦ I wanted a fresh start,â Tartt wrote in an Instagram story. âI had good years in 29 but not up to my standards. I felt like it was a good time to start over with a new number. # 6 wasn’t available, so I decided to play with # 26. “
Number 6 is owned by punter Mitch Wishnowsky and was Tartt’s college jersey number. Knocking down the 9 of 29 works like a mix of his varsity and pro jersey numbers.
The No.26 went free when Tevin Coleman came out in free agency. He had occupied the number since his arrival in the 2019 season.
This year is important for Tartt, who has signed again with San Francisco for a one-year contract this offseason. He is only 29 years old and with a big 2021 campaign figure to win a massive long-term deal the next offseason when the salary cap sees a significant increase.
If he has a big year, he can stay in the 26 for the rest of his career.