NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, are smiling. What this may mean we cannot say. (Brian Blanco / AP)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, took a break from talks aimed at ending the nearly four-month-old lockout and headed to Florida ... to talk some more.

This time, their talks were directed at incoming rookies.

This is progress, right?

The two flew together from Minneapolis to Sarasota for today’s rookie symposium, then headed back to Minnesota. According to reports, they had breakfast together, then met with the 155 rookies at the symposium, which is put on by the players’ association.

Goodell said the meeting was ”a great opportunity to be able to sit with the rookies” because they “obviously have a lot of questions.”

So did reporters. Smith, via ESPN, said the session with rookies was “important to ensure our young men appreciated how important we think these few days are. I'm thrilled Roger could come down with us and talk to the rookies in a very good, direct way.”