From Profootballtalk.com: JOHNSON LOOKING AT A HALF MILLION PRICE TAG TO BECOME “OCHO CINCO”?
The issue is the NFL’s contractual commitment to Reebok, and whether Johnson will pay the production costs for the unsold inventory of “C. Johnson” jerseys.
Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com suggests that, for a player of Johnson’s stature, the number will be in range of $500,000.
$500,000 is not an insignificant amount even for a player like Chad Johnson. This might be a large enough stumbling block to keep him from changing his jersey.
It’s kind of strange though, I wonder who pays for all the leftover Green Bay Brett Farve jerseys.