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Atlanta Falcons tailback <b>Warrick Dunn</b> says he's not bitter about the Tampa Bay Bucs winning the Super Bowl one season following his departure. Dunn, the Seminoles' all-time career leader in rushing (3,959 yards), was a first-round selection of Tampa Bay in 1997. He signed with the Falcons last season as an unrestricted free agent. Click here to read an update on Dunn as well as other former FSU players in the NFL.

Here's a quick update on former Florida State Seminoles in the NFL.

In Atlanta, tailback Warrick Dunn says he's not bitter about the Bucs winning the Super Bowl. Dunn, the Seminoles' all-time career leader in rushing (3,959 yards), was a first-round selection of Tampa Bay in 1997. He signed with the Falcons last season as an unrestricted free agent.

"It was a little different because I still have a home in Tampa so that was all you hear there," Dunn said.

"I went back to [his native] Louisiana; I just got out of the way of all the celebration. You always say, 'That could have been me,' but I'm happy. I don't regret anything. I'm happy those guys won a ring, and some of the coaches who've been through a lot. Now, I'm going to try and do the same thing."

In Dallas, Mario Edwards started Cowboys camp competing with Terence Newman at left cornerback. But Newman has moved into the starter‘s role, prompting the Cowboys to move Edwards to the other side. It was a reward to Edwards who has had a nice start to camp and a message to Derek Ross, who looked ragged at times.

In New Orleans, rookie Montrae Holland, a fourth-round pick, is working with the Saints first team at right guard after LeCharles Bentley suffered a partial tear of his pectoral muscle. Holland made 30 career starts at FSU.

In Baltimore, Corey Fuller continues to play well.

Fuller, a starting cornerback for the past three years with the Cleveland Browns, was physical at the line of scrimmage and displayed a confident flair this offseason. It was enough to convince the Ravens to start him at corner and move Gary Baxter to safety.

"The minicamps did assist us to a large degree showing us some things," defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said.

"With as many years and experience as Corey has, this is for the best."

The workouts reaffirmed what Ravens coach Brian Billick remembered about Fuller, 32, back when the two were members of the Minnesota Vikings' organization.

"There was never a question coming in whether Corey can start at corner. That's why we signed him," Billick said.

"Corey could end up at safety to finish his career, a la Rod Woodson. I think Corey sees that. But Corey still is a legitimate, bona fide starting corner in the NFL. He's got a great deal of experience. Rather than move that experience to safety with Gary still developing at corner ... safety takes a good deal of experience and vision. We can develop that in Gary."

In Seattle, the news hasn't been good concerning Walter Jones. Like last year, the Seahawks' training camp progresses without the presence their Pro Bowl tackle.

The two sides continue to be at odds over Jones' value. The Seahawks, unable to reach a long-term contract agreement with Jones, affixed the franchise designation on Jones. But Jones, once again, refuses to sign the franchise tender and has not appeared at Seahawks camp.

No progress is evident. And none appears imminent. Last week, coach Mike Holmgren claimed that Jones' agent hasn't even returned the Seahawks' phone calls, an allegation that has been refuted by agent Roosevelt Barnes.

The team wants Jones to sign the $5.7 million tender and report to camp before talks get serious. Jones' representative would like some parameters in place before surrendering the leverage they have in holding out.

NOTES:

Miami Dolphins running back Travis Minor returned to practice last Thursday, a week after his father was killed in a Louisiana traffic accident. … San DiegoChargers cornerback Tay Cody has returned to practice after suffering a leg contusion. ... The Texans sacrificed a sixth-round selection in the 2003 draft by selecting guard Milford Brown in the supplemental draft. The gamble could pay off with Brown expected to compete for considerable playing time on the offensive line. Brown is competing with Ryan Schau and Fred Weary for the starting job at left guard.

This story was compiled from TheInsiders.com wires.


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