Consider Jones. He watched as his teammate, Matt Ryan, signed a five-year contract extension worth $150 million last month.

It isn’t that players want to be paid more than the next guy at their position. It’s that they want to be paid more than the next guy because that guy is getting his, and I need to get mine.
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Good for them. They deserve every penny they get.

But we all better get used to this new reality, players and agents say. Missed minicamps and holdouts through training camp will become more frequent. It will be unusual for a player halfway through his deal not to want a new contract.

The 2018 World Cup is officially under way in Russia. In four years, the tournament will move to Qatar. On Wednesday, it was announced the 2026 World Cup will come to North America, with the U.S., Canada and Mexico sharing hosting honors.

Giants co-owner John Mara fueled the speculation by saying no player is untouchable just a few months after essentially promising Beckham would get his big money. He later clarified those marks that he does not want to lose Beckham.

Beckham is due $8.45 million on the team-option final year of his rookie contract. The Giants could keep Beckham from free agency with a franchise tag in 2019, but that would further anger the player who wants to top Antonio Brown’s receiver-high salary of $17 million.

Beckham missed the final 11 games of last season with a broken ankle, after first getting hurt during a preseason game. Shurmur said he has no reason to believe Beckham won’t come to training camp and he expect(s) to see everybody on the team.

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