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Goodell will meet with Talib, Britt to discuss offseason trouble

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt will meet Tuesday with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his arrests during the lockout, and he's praying he doesn't get suspended.

"I guess they finally found me," Britt said Monday with a laugh. "But yeah, I heard from coach (Mike) Munchak, and we'll meet tomorrow and see what happens."

Britt made lots of headlines during the NFL lockout with two arrests in New Jersey, and he also surrendered himself on two arrest warrants in Tennessee for giving inaccurate information on driver's license applications. The 2009 first-round draft pick out of Rutgers has had seven incidents with police since being drafted.

The receiver won't miss practice for this meeting because Munchak surprised the Titans on Monday by telling them training camp now is over. He also gave them Tuesday off while coaches use the day to plan for Saturday night's exhibition with Chicago.

Britt's not the only player scheduled to meet with Goodell on Tuesday.

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Monday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib will also meet with Goodell, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Talib’s trial on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is not set until March. Talib is so adamant of his innocence on the charges that he turned down a plea deal for a minor misdemeanor, sources told La Canfora. The Bucs, with knowledge of some evidence, feel good about his ability to play this season.

La Canfora also reported that sources with knowledge of the evidence of the case say that the person accusing Talib is a convicted felon, who has considerable character issues and his testimony does not match others at the scene. Talib has had discipline issues in the past, but it’s rare for the league to issue discipline prior to the legal resolution of a case like this.

Police in Garland, Texas, charged Talib following a March 21 domestic incident. The second-degree felony is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison, and Talib is out of jail on a $25,000 bond

Britt was arrested April 12 in his hometown of Bayonne, N.J., and charged with eluding an officer and hindering apprehension when police accused him of driving his Porsche 71 mph in a 50-mph zone before leaving the scene. Britt later was found walking on a side street away from his car. Charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and a fine.

A day later, two plainclothes officers at a Hoboken car wash smelled marijuana and accused Britt of holding a rolled cigar they thought was the source. Britt was wrestled to the floor and handcuffed, and police believed a man with Britt may have disposed of the cigar. Britt's charges included resisting arrest.

Britt said he'll go into the meeting with his chin held high because his father raised him to be a man who takes responsibility for his actions. Asked about whether he might face suspension, Britt said everyone goes through things in life.

"We're allowed to make mistakes as human beings and if we don't learn from it, then I could see some discipline," Britt said. "But I'm actually learning from it. I'm going forward and trying to do whatever I can for the team."

Right guard Jake Scott, the Titans' player representative, said he anticipates a legal fight if Britt is suspended or fined for anything that happened during the NFL lockout because players received letters confirming they were not part of the team and technically not league employees.

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"Roger's probably right ... even if he doesn't punish him for what happened in the offseason to say, `Hey, I'm watching you going forward,' which he'd be right if that's what he does," Scott said. "He would be well within his right to say that, and it would probably be a good thing for him to do."

Munchak said he doesn't think Britt faces a suspension at this point and believes Goodell just wants to get to know the receiver.

"They've never met," Munchak said. "They don't know each other, and I think it's more of just kind of like I did. I know Kenny when he came back in just kind of wanted to hear what's going on, let him know what's expected of him and that there'll be consequences if things go further.

"Hopefully, they'll just have a good talk."

Britt has been working through a sore right hamstring this training camp and has yet to play in the preseason. The 6-foot-3 Britt is expected to be the No. 1 receiver when he does get back on the field after having the best game in the NFL last season with a career-best 225 yards receiving against Philadelphia on Oct. 24.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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