I should have been more clear. They were in a plastic bag and placed in the bowl of water. I've always thawed meat that way because my mom does it that way. But usually the water is supposed to be kept cold.
Well, they were frozen, wrapped in butcher paper. I put them in a ziploc bag and put the plastic bag in the water. The meat wasn't in contact with the water.
I then removed them and put them in a different bag for the marinade, because I was concerned that the blood might be a source of bacteria.
I took steaks out of the deep freeze late last night (10pm) and popped them in a bowl of cold water. I had intended on putting them in the fridge then finishing thawing them today, but I forgot about them.
In the morning (9:30am) the water was cool, but not cold to the touch and the steaks (which started frozen solid) were completely thawed.
I took a good whiff and they smelled like... steak.
I salted them then popped them in a bag with a vinegar/garlic based marinade and put them in the fridge.
They are grass fed from a cow we had butchered at a local butcher.
Are they safe to eat tonight for dinner?