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Top remaining free agents: Where does Foster rank?

The first wave of free agency lasted just 36 hours this year, with the biggest names finding new homes during the shortened "legal tampering" period.

Five days after the start of the league year, just one of Around The NFL's top 20 free agents remains on the open market. In fact, 39 of our top 50 free agents have already been signed.

As we enter mid-March, the pickings are getting slim. Below are the top 10 available free agents.

1. Russell Okung, offensive tackle: The former Seattle tackle has a strong market for a player facing a five-month recovery from shoulder surgery. Representing himself in free agency, Okung has offers on the table from the Steelers, Lions, Giants and Seahawks. When healthy, he's an above average left tackle in the prime of his career.

UPDATE: Okung agreed to a five-year deal worth $12 million per season with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

2. Chris Long, defensive end: Long can still rush the passer, but age (30) and recent injuries led to his release from the Rams. His world tour has taken him to New England, Atlanta, Dallas and Washington. He reportedly wants to play for a contender, which would leave the Patriots an obvious landing spot.

UPDATE: Long agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots on Tuesday, sources informed of his thinking told Rapoport.

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback: Word around the campfire is Fitzpatrick is seeking $18 million annually versus the Jets' standing offer of just $7 million per year. Although the Broncos have sent out feelers, it still seems likely that Fitzpatrick and Gang Green will meet in the middle.

4. Reggie Nelson, safety: It's not a great sign that the Bengals have moved on and former coordinator Mike Zimmer isn't showing interest in Minnesota. He would be a good fit opposite strong safety Reshad Jones in Miami, where former Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph is now running the defense. The Redskins and Falcons have reportedly kicked Nelson's tires on the heels of his first Pro Bowl season at age 32.

5. Donald Penn, tackle: Coming off a strong season protecting Derek Carr's blindside, Penn is looking for top dollar in his last shot at a big contract. His best bet might be a return to Oakland, ensuring that newly signed Kelechi Osemele stays at guard rather than kicking out to left tackle.

UPDATE: Penn agreed to a deal to re-sign with the Raiders, per Rapoport.

6. Andre Smith, tackle: A slimmed-down Smith entered last training camp with a vow to develop beyond "mediocre" only to suffer through the most disappointing season of his seven-year career.

UPDATE: Smith tweeted that he's agreed to a one-year deal with Vikings.

7. Nick Fairley, defensive tackle: Fairley is reportedly on the radar of the Eagles and Jets after a strong season as a rotational defensive tackle in St. Louis. New Eagles defensive boss Jim Schwartz was the head coach in Detroit when Fairley was drafted by the Lions.

8. Arian Foster, running back: Still rehabbing from Achilles tendon surgery, Foster is expected to delay a decision on his next team until later in the offseason. A reunion with Gary Kubiak in Denver makes plenty of sense, especially if the Broncos opt against matching the Dolphins' offer sheet for restricted free agent C.J. Anderson.

9. Anquan Boldin, wide receiver: Entering his age-36 season, Boldin wants to play for a contender, sources told NFL Media's Rand Getlin. We've seen no reports of interest thus far. Perhaps the Bengals, Texans or Vikings will be enticed by his toughness, catch-point prowess and leadership.

10. Walter Thurmond, safety: Thurmond was expected to attract plenty of suitors after an impressive transition from cornerback to safety last season. According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, though, the 28 year old is contemplating retirement. That might explain why he hasn't been publicly connected to any teams in the past week.

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