Talk about rolling the dice, the New York Jets are moving fast and furious in pursuit of a new general manager to replace the recently fired Mike Tannenbaum.
According to Brian Bassett of SNY's the Jets Blog, Tom Gamble, the San Francisco 49ers Director of Player Personnel, is the leading candidate to direct New York's front office. Gamble has 25 years of NFL experience coaching, scouting and negotiating player contracts. He spent the 1995 and 1996 seasons roaming the Jets sidelines and his father Harry Gamble was the former president of the Philadelphia Eagles who presided over Rex Ryan's father Buddy in the City of Brotherly Love.
Gamble's familiarity with Gang Green along with his longstanding relationship with the Ryan family making him an ideal fit in the Big Apple. The Jets are expected to announce their new general manager hiring next week, making the appointment of Gamble official.
Gamble was the center piece of a Niners front office that sent nine players to the Pro Bowl this season including drafting defensive end Aldon Smith, free safety Dashon Goldson and linebackers Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman.
While all indications are that New York will move forward with Gamble, the New York Post reported on Saturday that Marc Ross, the Giants Director of College Scouting, is scheduled to interview with the Jets on Monday. Gang Green has narrowed its search and is honed in on Gamble to help dig the team out of salary cap hell and rebuild the Jets into a playoff contender in 2013 and beyond.