Warrick Dunn split his 12-year NFL career in stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. Dunn's final season came in 2008 when he returned to the Buccaneers after a six-year stint in Atlanta.
However, Dunn was one of several veteran players released by Bucs head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik just over one year ago.
On Friday, the Atlanta Falcons announced that Dunn was once again part of their franchise, but not as a player. Instead, Dunn has become one of seven limited partners that owns a piece of the Falcons.
"During his tenure with the Falcons and throughout his NFL career, Warrick represented the highest of NFL standards on and off the field," owner Arthur Blank said in a team-issued release. "Warrick has a special affinity for the Falcons, as we do for him, and we are very happy he will be back in the Falcons family representing our club as a limited partner."
"This opportunity fulfills one of my professional goals to expand my knowledge and experience in the area of NFL team management, branding and operations," Dunn said. "I am excited to be back as part of the Falcons team and, in particular, to work with Mr. Blank."
Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio
PewterReport.com's Take: Congratulations, Warrick Dunn. It's a shame the Bucs couldn't find a role for Dunn in their organization since he was such a good player and plays a huge role in the community he lives in. The 1997 first-round pick was only 5-foot-9, 187 pounds, yet he rushed for 10,967 yards and added 510 receptions for 4,339 yards through the air. Dunn just missed out on a Super Bowl when he opted to sign with the Falcons as a free agent in 2002, which is the same season the Bucs won Super Bowl XXXVII. But it looks like the Bucs will miss out on any chance of having Dunn be part of the Bucs organization as long he's a minority owner with the Falcons. And it's probably a good bet that if he ever decides to announce his official retirement from the NFL, Dunn will retire a Falcon, not a Buccaneer.