After leaving Tampa Bay for Atlanta as a free agent earlier this decade, running back Warrick Dunn returned to the Bucs in 2008.
Now, he’s heading back to Atlanta, albeit in a non-playing capacity.
The Falcons have announced that Dunn has agreed to become a minority owner of the team, and that NFL ownership approved the transaction on Wednesday at the league’s annual labor seminar in Dallas.
The transaction is expected to be finalized by March 1.
Earlier this year, majority owner Arthur Blank sold minority shares of the team to Ronald
E. Canakaris, Douglas J. Hertz, Ed Mendel, and Derek V. Smith. John P. Imlay, Jr., and John A. Williams also own a small portion of the franchise.
In a bad economy, shaving off small pieces of billion-dollar football operations can be a quick and easy way to raise cash.
As to Dunn, the move allows him to remain connected to the NFL. And that’s a great thing for the NFL. Dunn’s charitable efforts have made him one of the most respected pro football players of the past decade, and he always has demonstrated respect for everyone he encounters.