MIAMI -

Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe sees an opportunity in the AFC East.

Ellerbe told cbssports.com that "I was brought here to help knock them off... That doesn't mean that we wil, but we feel like we can."

The linebacker, who signed with the Fins for $35 million points to key losses to the Patriots roster.

New England lost wide receive Wes Welker to Denver, tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery, and the Patriots released Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested and charged with murder.

Ellerbe helped the Ravens knock off the Patriots in the AFC Championship last season.

The Dolphins open training camp in just a few weeks.