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NFL free agent list: Elvis Dumervil now the top name available?

There's still a good crop of players available in free agency, especially given the recent addition of Elvis Dumervil.

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While things have certainly slowed down to some extent, teams are still plugging away at the phones, working to sign the top free agents still on the market. Some big names left the open market on Friday (and one actually found his way back onto it), but the biggest was wide receiver Greg Jennings.

After watching Mike Wallace go to the Miami Dolphins for top dollar and Percy Harvin get traded to the Seattle Seahawks, earning a big contract in the process, many felt the market was lacking for Jennings. Then the Minnesota Vikings effectively signed Jennings for more than Harvin was making in Seattle, and the top free agent was off the market.

The player who actually hit the open market is Elvis Dumervil. Due to an issue with a contract deadline and a fax machine horror story, Dumervil was released by the Denver Broncos on Friday and likely becomes the top pass rusher on the market. Certainly, he's the top outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive end in the class.

As far as other pass rushers go, there's still some players available in John Abraham, Osi Umenyiora and Dwight Freeney. Someone like Vaughn Martin could provide some boom potential at a low price, but that market is drying up fast. James Harrison may be able to make an impact at this point in his career, as well.

With Jennings signing, the wide receiver market looks a little bare. It's a market where Julian Edelman might be the top option remaining, though Darrius Heyward-Bey could be intriguing if he comes at the right price. Heyward-Bey appeared on the brink of breaking out before the Oakland Raiders released him. Titus Young is still there, but he's considered a headcase. Mohamed Massaquoi might be as stable a signing as you can get at this point, and he has injury concerns.

There are other receiving options, though, in the form of tight ends. Fred Davis and Dustin Keller, if healthy, could be solid targets for a team with a need at the position. Then there's some of the old guard still available, with Benjamin Watson, Kellen Winslow and Dallas Clark not finding homes for 2013 just yet.

Possibly the strongest remaining position in free agency is the offensive tackle market. Andre Smith remains a strong option at right tackle, and Sebastian Vollmer might have the highest upside of any player still available. Then there's guys like Jake Long and Eric Winston who are worth a look, too.

The defensive tackle position still has some solid names, but the upside is very questionable. Ricky Jean-Francois signed with the Indianapolis Colts and that took what is essentially the last young, up-and-coming player at the position off of the market. That leaves players like Richard Seymour, Aubrayo Franklin and Sedrick Ellis still on the market. Sione Pouha might still have something to offer a team needing a nose tackle.

Quarterback: There's not really any starting-caliber players remaining at the position. Ryan Fitzpatrick might be the best option still available, while guys like Jason Campbell and Josh Johnson could be valuable backups. The Cardinals released Kevin Kolb on Friday, adding another name to the group of available players.

Running back: Ahmad Bradshaw now finds himself as the best running back available, after a rush of signings for guys like Reggie Bush and Rashard Mendenhall. Beanie Wells could be a player who benefits from a change of scenery, while teams might be willing to take a shot on someone like Peyton Hillis, as well.

Interior linemen: There's not a whole lot at this position, as most of the top offensive linemen available are tackles. Dan Koppen and Brad Meester are getting up there in years, but could be serviceable stopgaps at center, while Brandon Moore and Lance Louis could be options at either guard spot for a needy team.

Linebacker: When it comes to something other than pass rushers, some decent names are still available. Rey Maualuga might benefit from a change of scenery, and guys like Dan Connor, Karlos Dansby and Daryl Smith should still be able to produce at a decent level. Brian Urlacher is a different kind of signing, while Larry Grant may be flying under the radar as a potential starter.

Safety: Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, the two starting safeties for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, are both still on the open market. Charles Woodson and Michael Huff are long in the tooth, but might be worth a look as well. Louis Delmas re-signed with the Detroit Lions and is off the market.

Cornerback: If you don't think offensive tackle is the strongest position remaining, then you likely think it's the cornerback position. Aqib Talib remains the top name available, but Nnamdi Asomugha should still be able to start in the league. Brent Grimes, Antoine Winfield and DeAngelo Hall are also worth a mention, as well.

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