By Barbara Harrison
Fired Eagles coach Chip Kelly may not be the personnel man for the Niners like he was last year in Philly, but he still has some clout.
The 49ers brought Tom Gamble back into their front office last year after he parted ways with the Eagles and now they’ve given him a new title for the 2016 season.
The team announced that Gamble has been promoted to assistant general manager. Gamble had been a senior personnel executive since returning to the team in 2015 and was the team’s director of player personnel in 2011 and 2012.
“Tom is an accomplished talent evaluator who grew up around the game of football,” the announcement said. “Having spent the last 28 years of his life in the NFL, his wealth of experience has been invaluable to our organization for almost a decade. Tom is a hard-working professional and more importantly a good man. We are excited he will continue to play an integral role in the development of our team.”
Gamble came to Philly in 2013, the same year that Chip Kelly was hired as head coach, and left after being fired by Howie Roseman. That was part of the internal struggle between Kelly and Roseman that led to Kelly getting personnel control for the 2015 season. The Eagles fizzled on the field, Kelly was fired and made the move to the 49ers while Roseman took back personnel control in Philly.