Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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49ers QB signs $126M deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick isn't planning a massive shopping spree now that the 49ers have given him a six-year contract extension with a record $61 million guaranteed.

"The three most expensive things I own are my TV, my bed and my couch. I'm going to keep it that way for a while," the quarterback said Wednesday after signing a deal worth up to $126 million.

More urgent is securing the franchise's first Super Bowl in 20 years, then winning even more before his contract expires after 2020. The past two seasons have ended with the team close to snagging the Lombardi Trophy, losing in the 2012 season's Super Bowl and in January's NFC title game.

Kaepernick, 26, a second-round draft pick in 2011 out of Nevada, was entering the final year of his rookie contract with a 2014 base salary of $973,766.

Pouncey 'being tortured'

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, a former Gator, hasn't said much about the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin situation, other than he had no regrets, and he doesn't think he needs a psychiatric evaluation for his role in the matter. Now, his twin brother says that Mike, 24, is the one being tortured.

"I'm really, really close with him, and for them to keep torturing him like that, man, it's terrible for him," Steelers center Maurkice, a former Gator, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "But he's strong and motivated about things. He's kind of just not talking to them right now, but with time, everything passes over, and that's what we're planning on."

Maurkice painted a picture of his brother as someone who can no longer show his true personality.

"He's outgoing like me, and it's (tough) he has to tone it down, but they kind of take stuff and run with it," Maurkice said. "I wish it could be a lot different for him, because I know he's stressed out about it."

Wiley joins suit: Former Pro Bowl defender Marcellus Wiley added his name to a lawsuit accusing NFL teams of illegally dispensing powerful narcotics and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health. "The first thing people ask is, knowing what happened, would you do it again?" said Wiley, currently an ESPN analyst. "No. No I wouldn't." The suit was originally filed May 20 in U.S. District Court in northern California and amended Wednesday to add 250 players, bringing the total to 750 plaintiffs. Wiley, 39, who played in Buffalo, San Diego, Dallas and Jacksonville from 1997-2006, is the ninth player identified by name.

around the league: The league suspended Giants defensive back Jayron Hosley, 23, for the first four regular-season games for violating the substance abuse policy. … The Titans agreed to terms with cornerback Marc Anthony. The 5-foot-11 Anthony, 24, was a seventh-round selection last year by Baltimore. Waived at the end of training camp, he spent the 2013 season on Tampa Bay's practice squad and was cut last week. …The Panthers signed Kelvin Benjamin, the 28th overall pick who had 84 receptions for 1,506 yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons with Florida State, including the winning 2-yard catch in the BCS title win over Auburn.

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