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) .
My sense is that Eagles VP Tom Gamble fully plans to stay in Philly. He believes in Chip Kelly's program, not ready to bolt after 1 year.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 14, 2014
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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