Eagles HOF candidates now and in the future

Jason Peters has been selected for nine Pro Bowls.Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Carmichael, Peters prospects for Hall call

Retired

There are 27 modern-era receivers in the NFL Hall of Fame. That Harold Carmichael isn't one of them is a slight. One of the NFL's first skyscraper-type receivers, the 6-foot-8 Carmichael played 14 years (1971-1984) and 182 games, 180 of which came with the Eagles.

Certainly there are players with better numbers than Carmichael's, but his 590 career catches for 8,985 yards (15.4 yards per catch) and 79 touchdowns are comparable to others who are in the Hall, including John Stallworth and Lynn Swann, both of whom played in a similar era as Carmichael. Stallworth played 14 seasons and in 165 games with 537 catches, 8,723 yards and 63 touchdowns. Carmichael and Stallworth both had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in their career. Swann played nine seasons and in 116 games, making 336 catches for 5,462 and 51 touchdowns.

Carmichael's numbers even compare favorably to Lance Alworth, who played 11 years from 1962-72. In 542 games, Alworth made 542 catches for 10,266 yards and 85 touchdowns. Both Carmichael and Alworth played seven postseason games with Carmichael making 29 catches for 465 yards (16.0 average) and six touchdowns to Alworth's 16-292 and three scores.

Still playing

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is entering his 15th NFL season. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent for the Buffalo Bills and as a tight end. He learned to play left tackle and has been one of the league's best, earning six All-Pro honors and picked for nine Pro Bowls. He was traded to the Eagles in 2009 and has made seven Pro Bowls, which is only one behind Hall-of-Famer Chuck Bednarik for the most in franchise history. He helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII despite suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 7.

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