Originally Posted by thunderkyss
They probably just made it for the press conference (that's probably why they were waiting so long to announce it). It's like the Watt or Mario jersey with the #1 on it. Doesn't really mean anything.
OTH, I bet there will be a few days this offseason where Carmichael doesn't have a job if he doesn't agree to relinquish the number.
Pretty sure this is what happened:
1. They had him pose with a #20 because Ed has always been #20. It's just for show. It's showing that he's with Houston now.
2. Ed and Roc will organize a "pony show" jersey number transaction during camp, which make for good P.R., and that's when he'll have #20.
Nothing to see here, fans, it was just us letting him pose with the number he's always been. A #1 jersey is for first round draft picks, there'd be no sense in having Ed hold up a #1 jersey. So they used the number he's always had.