Falcons Release Dunn; 2 Teams on Deck

The Atlanta Falcons officially released running back Warrick Dunn Monday, possibly opening the door for two teams.

Dunn spent six seasons in a Falcons uniform and finished his tenure ranked third on the franchise's all-time rushing yards list (5,979) behind Gerald Riggs (6,631) and William Andrews (5,986).

He helped the Falcons lead the League in rushing for three consecutive seasons (2004-2006) while reaching the 1,000-yard plateau in each campaign.

"Warrick Dunn holds himself to the highest standards of the National Football League," said Falcons Owner Arthur Blank. "His contributions, not only to the Falcons but to the entire NFL both on and off the field, have been well documented. The legacy he leaves in Atlanta will be long-remembered and appreciated by his fellow players, fans and the community. I wish Warrick continued great success in his future endeavors."

In 2005, Dunn recorded his best season with the Falcons when he registered a career-high 1,416 rushing yards on 280 carries (5.1) to earn his third-career Pro Bowl selection.

Dunn's performance last season was highlighted when he eclipsed the 10,000-yard rushing total against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12, becoming the 22nd running back in the NFL to accomplish the feat. He is currently the only active running back in the League to reach 10,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards receiving and ranks seventh all-time in the category.

Dunn's career rushing totals include 2,484 carries for 10,179 yards, a 4.1 yards per carry average and 47 touchdowns. He has also tallied 463 receptions for 4,009 yards and 15 scores.

Dunn asked the Falcons for his release after the team signed free agent Michael Turner earlier in the weekend.

So what's next for Warrick Dunn and how does it relate to the Dallas Cowboys? Dallas is one of two teams believed to be interested in the former Pro Bowler.

The Houston Texans are the other.

According to several published reports, the Texans are likely the team to beat as they utilize the same zone-blocking scheme the Falcons did in recent years.

Still the Cowboys are in need of a change a pace back to help compliment the play of Pro Bowler Marion Barber.

Dunn, with his elusive style and quickness would certainly be a welcome addition for a year or two in the Dallas backfield. While not quite as fast as he was when he first entered the league 11 years ago, he still can be a game-breaker, even as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.

The Cowboys have also been rumored to be interested in Detroit running back Tatum Bell, a Dallas native, although no movement has been made by the Cowboys since stories first appeared Friday afternoon.

Owner Jerry Jones has been much more patient with free agent signings this year as any major moves would mean the Cowboys would have to restructure the contracts of several current players, including QB Tony Romo.

The Cowboys are currently less than $2 million under the salary cap.

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