We're six days into the NFL free agency period and while the best players wound up signing on the first and second days of the new league year, there are still plenty of starting caliber players available. Going into Monday, the top free agent still on the market was safety Eric Weddle, who was trying to decide between four different teams.
Weddle wound up signing a four-year, $26 million deal with $13 million guaranteed with the Baltimore Ravens. His absence weakens the remaining class quite a bit, but of SB Nation's list of top 100 free agents, a healthy number still remain.
Many of those players are offensive linemen, but it's important to note that all of these notable offensive linemen are capable of starting, and many of them are tackles. There are plenty of other good players to be had for teams still searching the market, too.
Some of these players will be signed and some could be waiting around until after the 2016 NFL Draft when teams have a better understanding of their roster. But for now, we're going to break down some of the best remaining players and what they have to offer potential new teams.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick had his best years being coached by Chan Gailey, so when he took over as offensive coordinator of the New York Jets, Fitzpatrick becoming an option for the team was a given. The Jets acquired Fitzpatrick, surrounded him with weapons like Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Chris Ivory, and the quarterback had his best season yet. He had 3,905 passing yards and 31 touchdowns, both career highs.
Still, he's considered a journeyman quarterback and likely wants more money than the Jets want to pay. That said, Fitzpatrick is more valuable for them than he'll be for anybody else, so rejoining the Jets makes sense with Geno Smith being the only other real option on that roster.
OT Russell Okung: Cordy Glenn never made it to market as the Bills used the franchise tag on him, and the top lineman to hit the market, Kelechi Osemele, signed a deal with the Oakland Raiders. That makes Okung, a first-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, the top tackle available. When active, Okung is high level tackle who can play on either side of the line who excels in pass protection.
The big issue: Okung has an extensive injury history and is coming off a big one from last season. He has missed plenty of time in his short career and on top of that, has been particularly bad with penalties. There are some caveats to his play, but ultimately, he's an above average left tackle and in the NFL, that's huge.
DE Chris Long: It probably hurt a lot for the Los Angeles Rams to part ways with Long, a player who has been a leader on the team for years. But Long has missed more games than he's played of late, and is now taking all the time he needs to pick a team for 2016.
Long didn't miss a game for his first six seasons in the league, but has missed 14 games over the past two seasons. He's a pass-rushing specialist who has just four sacks over the past two seasons. But his track record before his injuries speaks for itself and he could be a rotational player on most defensive lines in the NFL.
S Reggie Nelson: An underrated safety for some years now, Nelson finally made his first career Pro Bowl this past season. He should have been in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year given his high level of play, and he led the NFL in interceptions. But in addition to being a ball hawk, he's also a hard-hitter who doesn't shy away from contact and is always around the point of attack. He's a versatile, improving weapon and whatever team lands him will be lucky.
DT Nick Fairley: An under-performer with the Detroit Lions, Fairley signed a prove-it deal with the Rams and completely failed to do so. Of course, he was playing on one of the most stacked defensive lines in the league and the fact that he couldn't get consistent playing time among that group wasn't shocking. But Fairley isn't far removed from being considered a potential top-five pick and he has all the physical tools to be a dominant defensive tackle in the NFL.
RB Arian Foster: Foster has spent his entire career with the Houston Texans and been an excellent running back whenever healthy. Unfortunately, he last played a full 16-game season in 2012 and played in just four games with the team last season. In 2014, he had 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns, and looked like he had plenty left in the tank. But with just 63 attempts and a per-carry average of 2.6 yards per attempt last season, his stock dropped considerably. Still, if he's healthy, he might just be able to be an every-down back once again.
OT Andre Smith: Smith brought a lot of baggage and concerns with him when he joined the Cincinnati Bengals, but after a rocky start he got things under control and started to play at a high level. He's well past being a bust and is now a strong, solid offensive tackle who is best on the right side.
Other players on SB Nation's top 100 still unsigned at the time of writing: QB Robert Griffin III, LB Brandon Marshall, CB Leon Hall, OG Evan Mathis, C Stefen Wisniewski, OT Donald Penn, WR Anquan Boldin, SS Walter Thurmond, OT Kelvin Beachum, S Husain Abdullah, DE Greg Hardy, OL Manuel Ramirez, DE Jason Jones, LB Courtney Upshaw, LB James Laurinaitis, DT Terrance Knighton, RB Ronnie Hillman, TE Zach Miller, CB Patrick Robinson, RB Alfred Morris, DE Mike DeVito, DE Jeremy Mincey, CB Brandon Boykin, WR Roddy White
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