Source: Tom Gamble not going to Bucs or Dolphins

Source: Tom Gamble not going to Bucs or Dolphins
January 15, 2014, 11:45 am
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Tom Gamble was hired by the Eagles away from the 49ers a year ago this week. (Photo: Eagles)

Tom Gamble, one of Eagles general manager Howie Roseman’s most trusted scouts, has removed himself from consideration for general manager openings with both the Buccaneers and Dolphins, a league source confirmed Wednesday. The story was first reported by National Football Post.

Gamble, who holds the title of vice president of player personnel, is free to explore openings for general manager jobs because he does not have final say in personnel decisions with the Eagles.

After helping build the 49ers’ 2012 Super Bowl team, Gamble left San Francisco and returned to Philadelphia, where he served as an entry level scout in the late 1980s under his father Harry, who was then the team president.

Harry, who still lives in South Jersey, has been ill, and Gamble cited his family as one of the reasons he wanted to return to the east coast.

When he was hired by the Eagles a year ago this week, Gamble said he didn’t plan to use the position as a springboard to a general manager job.

“I don’t really have an ultimate goal, to be honest with you,” Gamble said at the time. “I work in football, 26th season coming up and I love what I do.

“If you win, those things are going to come up. I don’t think about it. It’s inevitable if you have success and you’re around success. I’m excited to be here and do what I can to help this franchise and give them everything I’ve got.”

Gamble’s decision to stay is important for the stability of Roseman’s re-shaped scouting staff, which also includes player personnel executive Rick Mueller, senior football adviser Tom Donahoe, director of college scouting Anthony Patch and assistant director of player personnel Ed Marynowitz.

All were part of the Eagles’ 2013 draft, which appears like a very good one, and Mueller, Patch and Marynowitz were all with the club for the 2012 draft, which could wind up as one of the best in franchise history.

Those drafts followed seven sub-par drafts that directly resulted in the Eagles falling from a perennial playoff team to a last place team by 2012.