Both men are leading negotiating teams in talks in Minneapolis, but Smith asked Goodell to speak at the NFLPA’s substitute rookie symposium, entitled “The Business of Football: Rookie Edition”, which is being held at IMG Academies in Bradenton.
According to King, the plan is for Goodell to address the reported 154 rookies in attendance at 8am before he and Smith board a flight back to the Twin Cities to resume talks towards a new labor deal. The NFL and NFLPA have four days of talks planned for this week.
Smith seems optimistic that an agreement will be reached. “We know we’re talking about the right issues, and we’re working hard to get it done. It’s extremely complicated. It requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people. But we’re committed to getting something done. And we’re going to keep working at it.”