Willie Roaf Hall of Fame finalist

SEATTLE -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 15 modern-era finalists for this year’s class Sunday and the list includes former New Orleans offensive tackle Willie Roaf.

Three other players with NFC South ties also made they cut. Deion Sanders and Chris Doleman, who spent part of their careers with the Atlanta Falcons, and Tim Brown, who ended his career with Tampa Bay also are among the finalists. The vote for this year’s class will be held Feb. 5 in Dallas.

Sanders and Roaf are eligible for the first time this year. Roaf played for the Saints from 1993 through 2001 before finishing his career with Kansas City. Rickey Jackson became the first player who spent most of his career with New Orleans to make the Hall of Fame last year, and Roaf has a chance to give the Saints inductees in consecutive years.