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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:01 am | Updated: 12:30 am, Thu Feb 14, 2013.

The Philadelphia Eagles have had a void in their front office since Ryan Grigson left a year ago to become general manager of the Indianapolis Colts.

They filled it on Wednesday by hiring Haddonfield native Tom Gamble to serve as their vice president of player personnel.

"It's very important for us to have good people and good evaluators to come in and work with the people we already have here," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Wednesday on a conference call. "We're really excited to have Tom joining us."

Gamble, 49, spent the past eight seasons with San Francisco, including the last two years as the 49ers' director of player personnel. In 2011, the 49ers drafted quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl this season.

Gamble has been in the NFL for 25 years, starting with a stint in the Eagles' personnel department from 1988-94. Gamble's father, Harry, was Eagles' president from 1986-95.

The Eagles pursued the younger Gamble immediately after Grigson joined the Colts, but they weren't able to pry him from the Niners.

"I would like to thank Tom for his hard work, dedication and loyalty over the past eight seasons," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday in a statement. "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."

During Gamble's tenure in San Francisco, the 49ers reached the NFC championship game in 2011, the Super Bowl in 2012, and produced 18 Pro Bowl selections.

In addition to the Eagles, Gamble also worked with the New York Jets as a defensive assistant/quality control coach (1995-96), and was a pro scout for Baltimore (1997) and a college scout for Indianapolis (1998-2004).

Gamble helped build teams that made the playoffs 11 times, including four with the Eagles.

"He's been part of successful, winning organizations," Roseman said. "He has experience on the college and the pro sides of things. He's been on the road (as a scout) and he's been in the office (as an executive). Tom has an incredible amount of experience, and that's invaluable."

Gamble, who earned a master's degree from Rowan University in 1988, joins an Eagles staff that also includes other seasoned NFL executives such as senior advisor Tom Donahoe, player personnel executive Rick Mueller and director of pro personnel Louis Riddick.

Donahoe was hired last May after serving as Pittsburgh's director of football operations from 1991-99 and general manager and president of Buffalo from 2001-05. Mueller joined the Eagles one year ago after spending 15 seasons with New Orleans and Jacksonville. Riddick was with Washington for seven seasons before coming to the Eagles in 2008.

"We haven't had a lot of continuity the last three years, and we want that," Roseman said. "We want to have the best people all around us."

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