Former Vikings defensive tackle John Randle, wide receiver Cris Carter and guard Randall McDaniel are among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Randle, career sacks leader Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson and Shannon Sharpe are the only first-year eligible players to make the final round this year.
Joining them will be two contributors: former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, as well as two senior nominees selected last August by the Senior Committee: former Atlanta defensive end Claude Humphrey and former Dallas wide receiver Bob Hayes.
Between four and seven candidates will be elected in the balloting that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 31, the day before the Super Bowl. The field was narrowed by the Hall’s 44-member board of selectors from 133 to 25 before reducing it to the final 15.
Of the other finalists, only former Pittsburgh center Dermontti Dawson and former Seattle defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy have been finalists before.
The remainder of the list includes wide receiver Andre Reed; defensive end Richard Dent; guards Ross Grimm, Bob Kuechenberg; and linebacker Derrick Thomas.
Frazier to interview: Get ready for daily updates on Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier interviewing for head coaching jobs. After getting interviews with Atlanta and Miami last year, Frazier will start off the process this offseason by talking to the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. Frazier is then expected to interview with the Detroit Lions on Friday or Saturday. Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Raheem Morris met with the Broncos on Monday. Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo interviewed on Saturday night and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels interviewed with the team on Sunday. The Broncos were scheduled to meet with Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and their own defensive coordinator Rick Dennison today.