The Miami Dolphins waived defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter on Wednesday with a non-football injury designation.
Starting DE Ledbetter Waived
Ledbetter went undrafted in 2019 and joined Miami on May 9 of the same year. He made the active roster as a starter out of training camp.
He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Ledbetter was placed on short-term injured reserve on Sept. 12, meaning he could return after eight weeks, but ended up missing the entire season. In his only action of the year, he had half a sack, one solo tackle and four total tackles.
If Ledbetter clears the waiver period he will become a free agent on draft day.
Furthermore, within the last week, Miami has also released six other members of its club.
Six Players Waived Saturday
While none were defining factors for the team, multiple did see game action.
LB Jake Carlock
Carlock entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent to the New York Giants on May 2, 2019. He hopped over to the Dolphins’ practice squad on Nov. 12, 2019 and spent the remainder of the season there.
LB Jamal Davis II
Davis II joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent as well, entering with the Houston Texans on May 10, 2019. Inbetween Houston and Miami, Davis II spent time with the Tennessee Titans practice squad before signing with the Dolphins on Dec. 10, 2019. He appeared in three of Miami’s final weeks last season. Davis II did not clear waivers to become a free agent as he was picked up by the Green Bay Packers.
WR Andy Jones
Jones spent two separate times on Miami’s practice squad in 2019. He came over after spending the offseason and training camp with the Detroit Lions. Jones never made a NFL appearance for Miami, but has 11 career appearances: one with Houston and 10 with Detroit. after spending the offseason and training camp with Detroit. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent to the Dallas Cowboys in May 2016.
WR Terry Wright
Wright was also an undrafted free agent in 2019. He joined the Seattle Seahawks organization before landing on the Dolphins’ practice squad on Nov. 27, 2019. Although he spent the offseason and training camp with Seattle, he had a short stint in Pittsburgh before landing in South Florida.
CB Linden Stephens
Stephens was also signed by Miami from Seattle in 2019. In December, Stephens appeared in three games and had three solo tackles. Before landing with the Seahawks, he spent the offseason and training camp with the Denver Broncos after the New Orleans Saints brought him into the league in early May 2018.
Stephens also did not clear waivers, as Seattle re-claimed him prior to him becoming a free agent.
DE Gerald Willis
Finally, Willis was promoted to Miami’s active roster on Nov. 20, 2019 and played in two games. He made two assisted tackles in his short time with the Dolphins. He also entered the league undrafted in 2019 and spent his offseason and training camp in Baltimore.
Like Davis II, Willis also did not clear waivers. He was also scooped up by the Packers.
The moves likely come with Miami needing to clear space for its upcoming 2020 NFL Draft picks.