Bucs HOF candidates now and in the future

John Lynch is now the GM of the 49ers.Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Safety John Lynch, the 49ers general manager, is thought to be the next Tampa Bay player to reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame, although Ronde Barber has credentials to consider.

Lynch was the leader of the Bucs secondary, a nine-time Pro Bowl player, who anchored the back end of a historic defense for nearly a decade in Tampa Bay. He won a Super Bowl with the Bucs in 2002. It was Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks AND John Lynch in that defense. Sapp and Brooks went on the first ballot. Lynch has been a finalist for five years.

What hurts him is people can't place quantify his play in that defense. He was best known as a hitter and doesn't have gaudy interception numbers. Lynch had 26 career interceptions.

Still playing

Wide receiver Mike Evans. He is only one of three players, along with Randy Moss and A.J. Green, who started his career with at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first four years. Evans will hold all the club's receiving records. He just needs his team to reach the postseason for more exposure.