AFC Notes: Gilbert, Florence, Marino

Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert is excited to return kicks for the Browns, writes Tom Reed of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “There is nothing like taking one to the house,” Gilbert said. “I tell a couple of my teammates, ‘It’s like your Mama’s cooking, it’s finger lickin good.” Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, set a Big-12 record with six career kickoff returns for touchdowns. More from the AFC..

  • The Titans had cornerback Drayton Florence in for a visit today, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network (via Twitter). Now that June 1st has come and gone, Florence is no longer tied to a compensatory draft pick. The 33-year-old played in 14 games for the Panthers last season.
  • It turns out that former Dolphins great Dan Marino won’t be suing the NFL after all. The Hall of Fame quarterback released a statement to Peter King of The MMQB and other reporters saying, in short, that he never intended to sue the league. People close to Marino feared that the lawsuit could hurt him as he talks with Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel about a potential job, tweets Ed Werder of The NFL told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald (via Twitter) that it has not and would not tell Miami or any other club not to hire a former player suing the league.
  • After signing a five-year deal worth $28MM last offseason, Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola wants to show his stuff in 2014, writes Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. Amendola was the subject of of trade and cut rumors this offseason but was probably saved by his hefty contract. If the oft-injured receiver doesn’t deliver this season, he’s likely a goner in New England since there isn’t a ton of dead money on his deal beyond ’14.
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