49ers executive leaves for Eagles' front office

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 - 7:56 am

Tom Gamble is heading home.

The 49ers' director of player personnel is the new vice president of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles, the team with which he got his start as an NFL scout in 1988. Gamble's father, Harry, was the Eagles' president from 1986 to 1995, and Tom Gamble grew up in nearby Haddonfield, N.J.

The Eagles had been looking for someone to fill the spot left by Ryan Grigson, who became the Indianapolis Colts' general manager last year. It appears as if Gamble's job in Philadelphia will be similar to the one he had in San Francisco in that he will work in both the college and pro personnel departments and report to general manager Howie Roseman.

"Since Ryan Grigson left to become the general manager of the Colts, we've been looking for the right person to fill his spot, and we are excited about what Tom can bring to the team," Roseman said. "He's not only a talented evaluator but also a good man and the type of person you want as a part of your team.

"Tom and I have had a great relationship over the years, and I know he's excited to come home. He had a great run in San Francisco, and they have been very successful over the last few years. He will jump right in with our group and get working on free agency and the draft."

In the past two months, Gamble, 49, had interviewed for general manager openings, including with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. It's not yet known how the 49ers will fill the spot left by Gamble's departure, although there are a number of internal candidates, including director of college scouting Joel Patten and national scout Matt Malaspina.

Gamble spent the past eight seasons with the 49ers, the past two as director of player personnel, a role in which he reported to general manager Trent Baalke.

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