Buccaneers general manager search: Tom Gamble plans to stay in Philadelphia

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be able to get Tom Gamble to come to Tampa, although it's not clear they even want him.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have to cross Tom Gamble off their list. The Buccaneers interviewed the Philadelphia Eagles Vice President of Player Personnel last week, but Gamble was not reported among those invited back for a second interview. According to Albert Breer, Gamble likely plans to stay in Philadelphia for another year (h/t Bleeding Green Nation) .

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not mind that Gamble is staying with the Eagles, as Lionel Vital appears to be the front-runner for the job. Gamble was a late addition to the search, judging by the timing of reports. Still, that would be the second executive to decline the Tampa Bay job after Chris Ballard decided to stay in Kansas City for a while longer.

The Bucs' GM job is not as attractive as other jobs, because Lovie Smith has final say over the 53-man roster -- though not over the draft, reportedly. The only other job opening for general managers this year is with the Miami Dolphins, and that job may be less attractive for different reasons -- institutional lack of clarity, mostly.

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