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The Miami Dolphins have signed linebacker Jake Knott to the 53-man roster.

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The Miami Dolphins have added linebacker Jake Knott to their 53-man roster, according to a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly. Knott originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013, appearing in 12 games as a rookie, primarily on special teams.

This season, Knott was suspended prior to the start of the year for performance enhancing drugs, then injured his hamstring during the preseason. He was released by the Eagles during the first round of roster cuts, but was signed back to the team's practice squad after he had completed serving his suspension. A knee injury, however, ended his time with the Eagles and he was waived after reaching an injury settlement.

He has eight career tackles in 12 games.

According to Bleeding Green Nation, the Eagles would have given Knott "ample opportunity to earn playing time" if he had been able to stay healthy. Instead, he now joins the Dolphins' 53-man roster as a depth option at linebacker, and will likely be asked to contribute on special teams.

The Dolphins placed safety Louis Delmas on injured reserve, freeing up the roster spot for Knott. The signing of Knott could signal an increased defensive load for Don Jones or Jordan Kovacs, two reserve safeties who are major special teams players for the Dolphins.