Richard Sherman wants teammates to join him on 'Madden 15' cover

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks corner says EA Sports won't put his secondary mates on the cover with him.

When Madden NFL 15 drops in stores later this summer, it will feature Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on the cover. If he has his way, the rest of the Legion of Boom will be joining him.

The All-Pro defender told Seahawks.com that he's been lobbying the creators of the football video game series to allow his secondary mates, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell, to appear on the cover with him.

"I've been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, and EA (Sports) has been fighting me," Sherman said. "So if everybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here it is, here's an open invitation."

The most likely reason for EA's refusal is that it means it would have to pay four front men instead of one. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk offered the following solution:

If Sherman really wants to do it, here's how to make it happen. First, he should persuade the members of the Legion of Boom to accept as compensation for being on the cover 1/4th of what Sherman will receive. Second, he should tell EA that whatever he's getting paid will be divided equally among himself, Thomas, Chancellor, and Maxwell.

EA has put multiple athletes on the same cover before -- both Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald were featured on Madden NFL 10. But those were players on different teams and brought different fan markets to the table. Forking up money for players with the same general fan group doesn't add much to marketability.

UPDATE: A petition spearheaded by uStadium Sports has already garnered 10,000 signatures. You can sign it yourself here if you're into that kind of thing.

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