Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Some good news and bad news from the NFC East now that the 17 finalists have been announced for the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. As we already knew, the late Cowboys wide receiver Bob Hayes is one of the two senior nominees. I'll be shocked if Hayes doesn't make it this time around.
Redskins guard Russ Grimm is one of the 15 modern-day finalists, but former Cowboys defensive end Charles Haley did not make the cut from 25 to 15. Haley has an NFL record five Super Bowl rings from San Francisco and Dallas. He was a huge part of the Cowboys' three Super Bowls in the '90s and he should've made it ahead of Richard Dent.
In other NFC East news, former Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith is also one of the 15 finalists. Of course, you would consider Smith more of a Buffalo Bill than a Redskin. I think the class will be Smith, Cris Carter, Hayes, Rod Woodson, Grimm and Paul Tagliabue. I'd love to hear what you guys think.