Atlanta Bound? Falcons Step Up in Race for Dunn

March 14 – Are free agent Bucs running back Warrick Dunn's days numbered in Tampa Bay? With the Atlanta Falcons stepping up in the race for Dunn, it's quite possible. Dunn, who is leaning toward Tampa Bay and Atlanta, will make a decision by Friday.

Tampa Bay free agent running back has narrowed his choices to four teams, but just two are seriously interested in Dunn's services.

Tampa Bay and Atlanta appear to be closing in on the finish line, and Atlanta appears leading the chase for Dunn.

Atlanta has offered Dunn a long-term deal worth at least $24 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bucs head coach Jon Gruden has expressed his interest and excitement in Dunn, but the five-year veteran is concerned about not getting the ball enough with Pro Bowl FB Mike Alstott sharing the backfield with him.

Dunn has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice since Tampa Bay drafted him in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.

Philadelphia and Detroit are still interested in Dunn, but all indications are that the five-year veteran is torn between Tampa Bay and Atlanta.

Dunn's agent, Leigh Steinberg, has said an announcement will be made on Friday, but Dunn could reach his decision by as early as Thursday.

Other News: Tampa Bay has installed a Friday deadline of restructuring CB Donnie Abraham's contract. If the Bucs cannot lower Abraham's cap hit this season, which is believed to be $5.5 million, they may opt to trade him to the New York Jets in exchange for a second or third round draft selection in April's draft.

Tampa Bay will meet on Thursday with free agent Arizona free agent cornerbacks Corey Chavous and Pittsburgh free agent DeShea Townsend. Both were nickel backs with their respective teams, and Tampa Bay could be looking at both of them as possible replacements for free agent CB Brian Kelly and Abraham.

The Buccaneers are also negotiating with Bucs free agent WR Jacquez Green. The team is interested in brining Green back as a No. 3 receiver, and Tampa Bay feels they can re-sign him at a reasonable price.

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