Oh what a week it was the San Francisco 49ers and their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
On Wednesday, Kaepernick and the Niners agreed to a 6-year contract extension, ensuring that the 49ers have their man under center through the 2020 season. The deal is valued up to $126 million, $61 of which is guaranteed to go along with a $12M signing bonus.
The bonus was far less money when compared to that of other starting QBs like Tony Romo ($38M), Jay Cutler ($35M), and Matt Ryan ($42M). The deal ensures that the 49ers some cap room, about $5.2 million, to spend on possibly re-signing Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati.
On Thursday, EA Sports announced that Kaepernick’s real tattoos would be inserted into Madden NFL 2015 after the two tattoo artists that worked on Kaepernick signed waivers allowing for the use of their work in the video game. It’s a small victory for Kaepernick and his artwork, which was blasted when he took the league by storm in 2012.
The end result of the criticism was the birth of “Kaepernicking”, in which Kaepernick would kiss his right bicep after a rushing touchdown.
Then on Friday, 49er fans may have got the best new of all when it was announced that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had been voted as the cover boy for Madden NFL 2015.
Sherman defeated Kaepernick in the Final Four before winning the fan vote over Cam Newton in the finals.
Since 2001, when the Madden franchise started donning a current NFL player on the cover rather that just John Madden himself, only once, has the player’s team ever won a Super Bowl; and that was Ray Lewis, who was the cover boy in 2004 and won a Super Bowl in 2012 against Kaepernick and the 49ers.