Jaguars Hire Tom Gamble, Part Ways With John Idzik

Jacksonville’s Urban Meyer-led operation continues to take shape, and a familiar face has resumed working with GM Trent Baalke in the front office. The Jaguars hired former 49ers assistant GM Tom Gamble, Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio tweets.

Baalke and Gamble were together in San Francisco for several years, and the latter will return to right-hand-man status in an NFL front office. Gamble spent last season with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.

Shad Khan interviewed Gamble for the GM job Dave Caldwell landed in 2013. Gamble ended up with the Eagles that year but spent most of his modern NFL tenure with the 49ers. Baalke and Gamble worked together in San Francisco from 2005-12 and again from 2015-16, with Gamble holding titles of assistant GM and director of player personnel. Baalke has not specified Gamble’s current title.

Gamble’s arrival coincides with the departure of former Jets GM John Idzik, who had been working in the Jags’ front office since 2015. Operating as special assistant to the GM with an emphasis on salary cap-related responsibilities, Idzik will follow Caldwell out of Jacksonville, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. Idzik, who served as Jets GM from 2013-14, has been an NFL exec since 1996.

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7 comments on “Jaguars Hire Tom Gamble, Part Ways With John Idzik

  1. phenomenalajs

    How did Idzik manage to find a job anywhere in the NFL after his debacle with the Jets?

    • jstewie15

      Idzik was only hired by Jags to help handle the players contracts & the salary cap nothing more

    • Ak185

      Well, we could say that about almost anyone who has been employed by the Jets, unfortunately.

      Idzik must have alright at contract drafting though, since he lasted for five years. I did not realize that he was still around.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    “Gamble spent last season with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes”.

    I wonder how much he was paid to hang the “Closed for Business” sign on the door?

    • Ak185

      It’s probably worth more up there. You know, with extra line in French and all.

  3. Thronson5

    I really can’t believe the Jags hired Baalke as their GM. As soon as they made him interim GM I said let’s hope he doesn’t weasel his way into the position permanently and he sure did. The guys such a snake and will ruin things there when they start going good

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