INDIANAPOLIS -- San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke explained Tom Gamble's decision to leave the organization and join the Philadelphia Eagles as their new Vice President of Player Personnel. Here's an explanation of the decision and the type of person the Eagles are getting in Gamble.
"There's a lot that went into that decision. Tom and I have been friends for a long time and have worked together for an awful long time. There was a chance for him to get home. It certainly was a difficult time to lose somebody, especially of Tom's caliber, but at the same time sometimes in life you have to make those decisions and you have to let people go home.
"It was something Tom and I talked about for a year. It came up again, so through those discussions we were able to allow that to happen. Tough timing, obviously, but I think that both sides were glad that the decision was made.
"You miss an awfully loyal, awfully qualified individual who helps you set your board; helps you through free agency and the like."
Gamble returned to the Eagles after spending the previous eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, most recently as the team's Director of Player Personnel. Gamble began his NFL career in the Eagles' front office, where he worked in several different capacities during his seven-year stint with the team from 1988-94. In addition, Gamble's father, Harry, was a former President and General Manager of the Eagles.
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