Dunn talks about his return
So, you're excited about Warrick Dunn's return? Well, you'll be happy to know he shares your enthusiasm.
When reached by telephone tonight, Dunn told us he's ready to get to work in Tampa, where he expects winning will be more commonplace than in Atlanta.
"I'm just happy to be playing with a group of guys that have been playing hard, that have played well and are going out each week and competing," Dunn said. "I'm really thrilled about the opportunity to try to win some games and move forward. Right now, I don't know everyone, so I can't say a whole hell of a lot. But I'm looking forward to being part of the team and to come in and contribute any way I can."
On the irony of possibly ending his career where it began, Dunn said, "I think I said it a while ago: it's full circle to start your career in Tampa and have the opportunity to finish it there. I'm just really honored and humbled that the coaches believed in me and hopefully I can come in and get to know those guys and just continue doing what I've been doing."
Dunn offered some gratitude for Derrick Brooks, who lobbied the front office and Jon Gruden to acquire Dunn.
"I'm always thankful for Derrick," Dunn said. "He's always believed in me."
Regarding what Gruden told him of his role, Dunn said, "he told me to just got to go out and play my game and have fun."
Dunn's agent, Jim Steiner, told me earlier that Gruden emphasized his intentions to involve Dunn in the passing game. Steiner said he thought playing under an offensive-minded coach like Gruden would be good for Dunn, whose versatility should give Gruden lots of options.