Broncos HOF candidates now and in the future

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) in the second quarter against the Cincinnati BengalsPhoto: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Lynch, Miller top prospects for Hall call


--Safety John Lynch: A five-time finalist, the Broncos Ring of Famer saw fellow safety Brian Dawkins make the Hall of Fame in his second year as a finalist. Lynch's wait could grow lengthier with Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed soon becoming eligible for selection. A nine-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, Lynch was a linchpin of the Tampa Bay defense from 1993-2003 before joining the Broncos. Injuries led the Bucs to release him, but he found a second wind in Denver and paired with Champ Bailey to create one of the league's best secondaries. Lynch is the only Bronco in history to play at least four seasons with the team and go to the Pro Bowl each time.

Still playing

--If linebacker Von Miller retired tomorrow, he would already have a solid case for Hall of Fame induction. He already has a Super Bowl MVP trophy and has posted six double-digit sack seasons in his first seven years.

Only Reggie White had more in his first seven NFL campaigns since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. His 83.5 sacks to this point in his career are the fourth-most in NFL history for a player in his first seven seasons, a total exceeded by only three players -- White, DeMarcus Ware and Derrick Thomas. If Miller could earn a Defensive Player of the Year award, his Hall resume would likely be complete.