Elvis Dumervil is gone, and other than making sure such a transaction debacle never happens again, there is nothing the Broncos can do about it.

The Broncos' three-year offer was slightly better than the five-year contract Dumervil signed to play for the Baltimore Ravens. The Denver deal had more unconditional guaranteed money through two years ($10 million to Baltimore's $8.5 million) and more total dollars through the first three years ($18 million to $17 million).

"We're losing a great football player and a great teammate and a great leader," Broncos left guard Zane Beadles said. "He'll definitely be missed, no question about that."

All the Broncos can do now is move on. When looking at possible replacements at the pass-rushing defensive end position, it's clear from the available options that ... Boy, Elvis sure could bring the heat, couldn't he?

OK, enough. The Broncos don't belong to any one player. Not even Peyton Manning. The Broncos belong to Denver. And so there is a way the Broncos can present the argument they will wind up as a better team, with better production per dollar at right defensive end, than had they re-signed Dumervil.

The Broncos' preferred plan is to sign former Indianapolis Colts star Dwight Freeney, a free agent.