Seahawks HOF candidates now and in the future

Former Seattle Seahawks players Steve Hutchinson (76), Robert Tobeck (61), Chris Gray (62) and Sean Locklear (75) wave 12th man rally towels before a 2014 game against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Hutchinson, Thomas top prospects for Hall

Retired

Guard Steve Hutchinson was among the final five players cut from the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. Hutchinson spent his first five seasons in Seattle, earning three Pro Bowl trips and two first-team All-Pro selections before a contentious departure led to soured relations when he was given the transition tag instead of the franchise tag by then general manager Tim Ruskell. Hutchinson would be named a first-team All-Pro three more times with four more trips to the Pro Bowl during his 12-year career.

Still playing

Even though he's not currently in training camp due to a contract standoff with the front office, free safety Earl Thomas represents the best prospect to be enshrined in bronze currently on Seattle's roster. While Russell Wilson also has a strong case should he continue to perform for years to come, Wilson has never been thought of as the best player at his position in the NFL. Thomas absolutely has held that distinction during his eight seasons in the league. He's been named to the Pro Bowl six times and has been a three-time first-team All-Pro selection.

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