Allen Robinson might be the No. 1 wide receiver for the Chicago Bears in more ways than one if a new rule change proposed by the Kansas City Chiefs gets approved by the league.

The Bears wideout, along with several of his teammates, including running back Tarik Cohen and fellow receiver Darnell Mooney, expressed interest in changing numbers if and when the proposal passes.

Per Larry Mayer on the Bears official website: “The proposal needs approval from 24 of the 32 NFL owners to be adopted. The difficulty of assigning numbers by position increased last year when practice squads expanded from 10 to 16 players. It’s especially challenging for the Bears, whose 14 retired numbers are the most of any NFL team.”

Considering the team’s storied history, and the fact that the franchise has had more players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame than any other NFL franchise, it’s not a surprise there are currently so many unavailable jersey numbers in Chicago. If this new rule passes, though, there will very likely be several Bears players sporting new numbers.

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Which Positions Are Eligible for the Change in Jersey Numbers?

Key positional groups on both sides of the ball could see a numbers swap in their futures. Here’s a breakdown of who will be allowed to wear what if the proposal passes:

Running backs: Currently allowed to wear: 20-49 — Numbers that may be added for RBs: (1-19, 80-89)

Wide receivers: Currently allowed to wear: 10-19, 80-89 — Numbers that may be added for WRs: (1-9, 20-49)

Tight ends: Currently allowed to wear: 40-49, 80-89 — Numbers that may be added for TEs: (1-39)

Linebackers: Currently allowed to wear: 40-49, 50-59, 90-99 — Numbers that may be added for LBs: (1-39)

Defensive backs: Currently allowed to wear: 20-49 — Numbers that may be added for DBs: (1-19)

The following positions would not see their jersey numbers changed by the new rule:

Quarterbacks: 1-19
Offensive linemen: 50-79
Defensive linemen: 50-79, 90-99
Punters and kickers: 1-19

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