Modell, who brought the Browns to Baltimore in 1996 and remained control of the team until selling to Steve Bisciotti in 2004, is among 18 contributors to the game eligible. That group includes former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, and owner Bud Adams Jr., Jack Kent Cooke and Ed DeBartolo Jr.
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The list of 103 candidates will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in mid-November and to 15 finalists in early January.
Modell, vilified in Cleveland for moving the Browns, hasn’t been a finalist for the Hall since 2001.