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- NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith invited NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to speak at the NFLPA rookie symposium, and Goodell agreed. He is scheduled to speak to the rookies today in Sarasota, Fla. "What's significant is that it represents a continuing thaw in the relationship between Smith and Goodell," wrote Peter King. [Sports Illustrated] * TorreySmithWR: Good morning y'all....waiting for Goodell and De Smith to talk to us...I'm gonna as (sic)* *Goodell a hard question haha [Twitter] * RossTuckerNFL: I'll have zero compassion for the 120+ rookies not attending the NFLPA Symposium if they have issues, financial or otherwise. [Twitter] * RavensInsider: Chris Carr e-mail to me: 'I hope free agency is not as chaotic as expected. I hope teams have a grace period to resign their players. … If there are no grace periods, it will be very detrimental to some teams and players: especially the undrafted rookies.' * Football Outsiders' Brian McIntyre believes the Ravens' decision to let undrafted free agent Priest Holmes sign with the Kansas City Chiefs after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in 1998 was the fifth-most "disappointing oversight" of the past 25 years. [ESPN] * As part of "Best of the NFL" week, James Walker gives the "Best QB Arm" award to Flacco and "Best Pregame Orator" honor to linebacker Ray Lewis. [ESPN] * Ray Lewis, "Doing a motivational and fitness tour with the Navy and Marines tomorrow, and meeting with our wounded warriors. These men and women are our true heroes, and it will be an honor to work with them." [Facebook]