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Source: Jake Long disputes notion that he served as “voice of reason” for Incognito


As the Ted Wells investigation regarding the Dolphins continues, the process has encompassed someone no longer with the Dolphins.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, former Dolphins left tackle Jake Long has been interviewed by Ted Wells. The interview, which occurred by phone, included a revelation from Long that many would regard as unexpected. Long, we’re told, did not corroborate the theory that, in 2012, Long served as the “voice of reason” for guard Richie Incognito, telling him to back off if/when Incognito’s antics approached or crossed the line.

This information undercuts the idea that, after Long left via free agency, Incognito ramped up his comments and actions toward Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin.

The specific comments and actions of Incognito remain the subject of intense debate. Regardless, Incognito has found plenty of support in the investigation, with some telling Wells that Incognito went out of his way to help young players improve.

The source confirms, as Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported earlier in the day, that Wells has spoken to former Stanford teammates. Such interviews possibly would be aimed at determining the types of interactions and communications in which Martin engaged while playing college football.

For now, there’s an emerging sense that Incognito ultimately will be vindicated by Wells’ investigation. Which will create an awkward situation for Martin, the Dolphins, and the NFL.