Gamble helped build 49ers into a champion
Tom Gamble, who helped build the 49ers into a Super Bowl team as one of the organization’s top personnel honchos, has left the franchise to become vice president of player personnel with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gamble’s 25-year career in the NFL now has come full circle as he is back with the team that he began with in 1988, when he started a seven-year stint with the Eagles serving as a college scouting administrator, area scout, contract negotiator and director of pro scouting.
Gamble also spent time with the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis, but some of his best work came during his eight seasons with the 49ers.
After being promoted to San Francisco’s director of player personnel in 2011, Gamble with general manager Trent Baalke helped oversee a strong draft that helped transform the 49ers into NFC West champions.
That 2011 NFL draft brought the 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, cornerback Chris Culliver, running back Kendall Hunter and fullback Bruce Miller, all players that played significant roles in San Francisco winning its first NFC Championship this season since 1994.
Gamble and Baalke's partnership also brought the 49ers roster cornerstones in 2010 with the selection of starting offensive linemen Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati in the first round and All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman in the third round. Before that draft, Gamble had been assigned additional responsibilities within the organization in collegiate scouting and talent evaluation.
“I would like to thank Tom for his hard work, dedication and loyalty over the past eight seasons,” Baalke said. “He has played an instrumental role within our personnel department, and is a true professional in every sense of the word. As a friend, I will always appreciate the relationship we have, and wish him and his family all the best.”
Gamble will work in both the college and pro personnel departments with Philadelphia, where he began his NFL career in 1988. Gamble also worked for the New York Jets as a defensive assistant/quality control coach from 1995-96 and became a pro scout for the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 before joining the Indianapolis Colts as a college scout from 1998-2004.
His father, Harry Gamble, was the Eagles' president from 1986-95.
"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,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “. 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."