Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots, much to Adam Gase’s dismay

Rob Gronkowski will play in 2018. (Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS—Rob Gronkowski is apparently returning to the Patriots for the upcoming season, temporarily delaying whatever future he might see for himself as a professional wrestler, movie star or orthopedic surgeon. That means he’ll continue being a problem for the Dolphins twice a year.

Miami coach Adam Gase was secretly hoping the allure of non-football celebrity would entice him. When he was asked at the NFL Combine whether he could imagine the Patriots without Gronk, the look on his face said yes, he definitely could imagine that. He probably has imagined that. Every time he imagines anything, it is a scenario in which Rob Gronkowski isn’t his problem anymore.

But he didn’t want share that, of course, out of concern that he might inadvertently be using reverse psychology on Gronk the way someone would with a child.

“I don’t want to root for (him to leave) quite yet because that will probably draw him back in if enough of us start rooting for that,” Gase smirked.

Gronkowski has had four healthy seasons in the last seven years and gone for 1,000-plus yards each time. Last year, he put up 69 catches, 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

In his 11 career games against the Dolphins, he has averaged 62.5 yards on four catches and has a total of eight touchdowns. He has seven catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins during Gase’s time as head coach.

“When he’s in there he’s very difficult to handle their offense,” Gase said. “He’s a game changer for sure. He makes plays that not many guys can make.”

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