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Sunday Football Notes

Uncharted waters ahead in NFL free agency

Cris Carter's upcoming enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a victory for all wide receivers, who historically have had a difficult time getting elected. Of the 11 wideouts who are Hall-eligible and have more than 800 receptions, Carter, after a six-year wait, will be just the fourth to be immortalized in Canton. Click on each receiver's name for details:

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  • RECEIVERS
    • Jerry Rice
    • Cris Carter
    • Tim Brown
    • Andre Reed
    • Art Monk
    • Keenan McCardell
    • Irving Fryar
    • Rod Smith
    • Steve Largent
    • Henry Ellard
    • Keyshawn Johnson

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Jerry Rice

Receptions

1,549

Rank at retirement

1st

Current rank

1st

Hall status

In

Enshrined in first year eligible (2010)

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Cris Carter

Receptions

1,101

Rank at retirement

2d

Current rank

4th

Hall status

In

Enshrined in sixth year eligible (2013)

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Tim Brown

Receptions

1,094

Rank at retirement

3d

Current rank

5th

Hall status

Waiting

Four years on ballot (since 2010)

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Andre Reed

Receptions

951

Rank at retirement

3d

Current rank

11th

Hall status

Waiting

Eight years on ballot (since 2006)

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Art Monk

Receptions

940

Rank at retirement

2d

Current rank

13th

Hall status

In

Enshrined in eighth year eligible (2008)

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Keenan McCardell

Receptions

883

Rank at retirement

8th

Current rank

15th

Hall status

Waiting

One year on ballot (since 2013)

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Irving Fryar

Receptions

851

Rank at retirement

5th

Current rank

18th

Hall status

Waiting

Eight years on ballot (since 2006)

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Rod Smith

Receptions

849

Rank at retirement

11th

Current rank

19th

Hall status

Waiting

Two years on ballot (since 2012)

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Steve Largent

Receptions

819

Rank at retirement

1st

Current rank

21st

Hall status

In

Enshrined in first year eligible (1995)

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Henry Ellard

Receptions

814

Rank at retirement

6th

Current rank

24th

Hall status

Waiting

Ten years on ballot (since 2004)

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Keyshawn Johnson

Receptions

814

Rank at retirement

16th

Current rank

24th

Hall status

Waiting

Two years on ballot (since 2012)

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