Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) and strong safety Bernard Pollard (31) during the first quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Dannell Ellerbe: Brought to the Miami Dolphins to Shake Up AFC East Division


Dannell Ellerbe, like the rest of the Miami Dolphins, is ready shake up the AFC East division in the 2013 season.

Ellerbe, who signed a five-year contract worth $35 million with the Dolphins this offseason, believes he was brought to South Beach to make a statement in a division that has been dominated by the New England Patriots in the past 12 years.

“I was brought here to help knock them off,” Ellerbe told Mike Freeman of CBS. “That doesn’t mean we will, but we feel like we can. Like I said, we just have to prove it. You have to actually go do it.”

The 27-year-old linebacker acknowledges that right now it is all talk, but come this forthcoming season, talk will come to fruition on the playing field.

“I think they are but you have to prove it, you can’t just talk about it,” Ellerbe said.

Ellerbe’s latest chatter does have some weight behind it due to the Patriots’ latest saga with Aaron Hernandez and a major roster transformation.

Pending Tom Brady’s ability to make production with lesser offensive weapons, the Patriots could have a complicated time gaining leverage on the offensive side of the ball, and Miami’s defense could have a field day.

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