Tom Gamble was hired as the Philadelphia Eagles’ vice president of player personnel after eight National Football League seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, where he helped build teams that reached the conference title game the last two years and the Super Bowl this month.
Gamble, 49, was director of player personnel for the 49ers. He had interviewed for the general manager jobs with the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason.
Gamble’s father, Harry, was the Eagles’ president from 1986 to 1995, and he entered the NFL as an assistant in the team’s personnel department in 1988. He’s also worked as an assistant coach and scout for the Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles said Gamble fills the personnel spot left vacant when Ryan Grigson was hired as the Colts’ GM in January 2012.
“He had a great run in San Francisco and they have been very successful over the last few years,” Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman said in an e-mailed statement. “He will jump right in with our group and get working on free agency and the draft.”
The Eagles have been overhauling their organization since finishing with a 4-12 record and missing the NFL playoffs for the second straight season. Andy Reid was fired as coach on Dec. 31, ending a 14-year run in Philadelphia, and replaced by University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
The 49ers were beaten by the New York Giants in the National Football Conference championship game after the 2011 season and reached the Super Bowl this year before losing to the Ravens.
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