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Goodell, Smith visit Bucs at minicamp

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 02:35 PM
BRADENTON -

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers player-organized minicamp at the IMG Academies took on a different feel Wednesday when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith arrived.

The two are in the area for the NFLPA's rookie symposium, which is being conducted at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in nearby Sarasota.

When asked about Josh Freeman's initiative in holding a three-day minicamp, Goodell, who was getting ready to leave the minicamp, told The Tampa Tribune, "I think it's great. He is a real leader, a terrific young man.''

Goodell said he and Smith were "on their way out of here'' to work on the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

There was at least one new player arrival Wednesday. Tanard Jackson, who continues to serve a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, showed up for the second of the three-day camp.

Jackson still has four regular-season games on his suspension and his future with the Buccaneers remains in question. This, however, is a sign the safety is doing what he can to stay in shape for a possible return sometime this season.

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