Jaguars bring in savvy executive to fortify front office before 2024 NFL Draft

• The Jaguars are bringing back GM Trent Baalke's right-hand back in the fold.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are adding a familiar face to the front office. With the 2024 NFL Draft less than a month away, veteran executive Tom Gamble is returning for a second stint in Jacksonville.

Gamble spent the last two seasons at Michigan but he's now joining the Jags front office, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He previously joined Trent Baalke's staff when he became the full-time general manager in 2021. However, he left the following year to take a job as Michigan's director of player personnel.

This isn't surprising news when you take into account that Gambel left Jacksonville to join Jim Harbaugh at Ann Harbor. Once he departed to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, it was inevitable that Gamble and other members of his staff would also leave.

Gamble comes to Jacksonville with ample front-office experience. He was a senior personnel executive for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015 and became Baalke's assistant general manager the following year. Before that, he served as the vice president of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles during the Chip Kelly era in 2012-2013.

During Gamble's first stint in Duval, the Jaguars drafted players such as Tyson Campbell, Walker Little, Andre Cisco, and Luke Farrell. While their future is uncertain beyond 2024, all of them have contributed in one way or another the past three years.

What should the Jaguars expect from Tom Gamble?

As of this writing, it's not known the position Tom Gamble will hold with the Jacksonville Jaguars but he'll be working closely with Trent Baalke. Regardless of his title, he'll have a positive influence on the team's decision-making process.

During Gamble's tenure in Philly, the Eagles acquired offensive tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz, and safety Jordan Poyer. Working alongside Baalke, he found players such as safety Jaquiski Tartt, defensive tackle Arik Armstead — now with the Jags — offensive tackle Trent Brown, and defensive tackle DeForest Bucker.

It's hard to tell what role Gamble had in the drafting of all these players but most definitely played a part. While he'll need to quickly get up to speed (the draft is less than a month away), having him around should help the Jaguars. It's also worth noting that he has first-hand knowledge of the Michigan prospects, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Jacksonville take a couple former Wolverines.

Tom Gamble has had success wherever he's gone, so the Jacksonville Jaguars are surely glad he's returning to their front office, especially with the draft around the corner.

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