Lost in the shuffle of the Peyton Manning signing in Denver was the retirement of Hines Ward. The career Pittsburgh Steeler elected to retire in lieu of trying to ply his trade elsewhere.
Statistically, Ward has a solid Canton argument. At exactly 1,000 career receptions and 12,083 yards caught, he is retiring with the 8th most and 18th most in those categories resepectively. Granted, there are current Wide Receivers with better career numbers than Ward, but it is likely by the time he becomes eligible that those players will have gained their rightful enshrinement.
Hines Ward also has other intangibles in his favor. As a two time Super Bowl Champion (and MVP in one of them) and an advocate of Korean Americans and other mixed race children, it may be difficult to keep him out.