Consider this the yeah, we don’t trust Howie Roseman to make ALL the personnel decisions hire.
Roseman and the Eagles announced today that the team has hired Tom Gamble as VP of Player Personnel. He will report directly to Roseman.
Gamble spent eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, including the last two years as Director of Player Personnel. During those two seasons, the 49ers reached the NFC Championship Game (2011) and the Super Bowl (2012), while earning 18 combined Pro Bowl selections.
“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.”
Gamble is from Haddonfield and spent time in the Eagles front office in the mid-90s, when his father was team president. His track record in San Francisco obviously speaks for itself. It’s a great hire for the Eagles, a sentiment echoed by virtually every football writer on Twitter. But it’s kind of odd that Gamble, whose name came up in GM searches this winter, would make what appears to be a lateral move, at best… unless, of course, Jeffrey Lurie uncovered something in his voluminous notes on Roseman that he wasn’t comfortable with and wants Gamble to be the guy to identify players while Roseman uses his salary cap nerdery to sign them. Which, actually, sounds like a great plan.