Tom Gamble, who played a pivotal role in the 49ers’ hiring of coach Chip Kelly, was promoted to assistant general manager on Monday, the club announced.

“Tom is an accomplished talent evaluator who grew up around the game of football,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “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.”

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Gamble served as 49ers director of player personnel in 2011 to 2012. From 2005 to ’10, he worked under then-general manager Scot McCloughan as the 49ers’ director of pro personnel.

In 2013, he left the 49ers to serve as Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel. Gamble was known to be one of Kelly’s few allies with the Eagles. He was fired late in 2014, seemingly widening the chasm Kelly experienced with the Eagles and the organization’s top football executive Howie Roseman.

In January 2015, after spending extensive time scouting with Baalke at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, Gamble was re-hired by the 49ers as “senior personnel executive.”

Gamble enters his 29th NFL season, including his 10th with the 49ers. He also worked under Bill Polian with the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 through the 2005 draft.


During his NFL career, Gamble has helped with the building of 12 playoff teams.