Jerry Rice: The requirement is that a player must be out of the game for five years to be eligible but they should make an exception for Rice. He owns every receiving record imaginable and is still better than most at his position even though he is two months shy of his 41st birthday. You could probably name the two best receivers ever by simply breaking Rice's career into two 10-year increments. Chances – Slam dunk.
Tim Brown: He is a distant second behind Rice in virtually all categories and is coming off a down year by his lofty standards. Brown, however, owns virtually ever Raiders receiving record and figures to remain productive even though he is playing a lesser role in the offense now. Chances – Slam dunk.
Rich Gannon: Has enjoyed an outstanding four-year run since becoming the starting quarterback in Oakland and had a record-setting season in 2002 on the way to earning the NFL MVP. What may hurt Gannon's chances, however, is the fact that he did not get his chance until later in his career. Chances – Possible.
Charlie Garner: Like Gannon, he did not get his chance to become a starter until later in his career but over the last three seasons only Marshall Faulk and Edgerrin James have amassed more total yards from scrimmage than Garner. He is definitely one of the most versatile players in the game. Chances – Possible.
Lincoln Kennedy: The man with two presidential names has become a pillar at right tackle for the Raiders since joining the team in a trade from Atlanta. Kennedy has been a Pro Bowl performer the last three seasons. Other than Hall-of-Famer Art Shell, no other offensive tackle has enjoyed a better career in a Raider uniform. Chances – Possible.
Rod Woodson: He is a member of NFL's 75th Anniversary Team and All-NFL team of the Decade for the 1990s. Woodson has been named to 11 Pro Bowls on the way to becoming the first player in NFL history to make Pro Bowl as cornerback, kick returner and safety. His 69 interceptions are the most among active performers and third on the all-time NFL list behind Paul Krause (81) and Emlen Tunnell (79). He is also the all-time leader in interception return yards in 2002 by gaining 225 yards on the year pushing his career total to 1,465 yards. Chances – Slam dunk.
Charles Woodson: He has achieved a lot in just a short period of time. Woodson, who entered the league in 1998, has become a four-time Pro Bowl selection but the last two seasons have been marred by injury. Chances – Possible but needs a health turnaround.
Bill Romanowski: Say what you will about his vitamin intake but the fact remains that Romanowski brings a swagger and leadership that have helped his teams reach five Super Bowls, winning four. Romanowski may never be mentioned in the elite group of linebackers but he is durable and reliable. Chances – Possible.
Trace Armstrong: He has had an injury-plagued career as a Raider in two seasons but is also one of the most accomplished pass rushers in NFL history. Armstrong surpassed the 100 sack mark last season with Bruce Smith and John Randle being the only active players with more sacks. Chances – Likely.
Vince D'Adamo can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org