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Eagles' Tom Gamble should tread carefully

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles executive Tom Gamble is a leading candidate for the Miami Dolphins general manager job, according to multiple reports.

Gamble, who came to Philadelphia from San Francisco just last year, would be well advised to ask as many questions as he answers in any potential interview with the Dolphins. The job is open because GM Jeff Ireland departed under a cloud of controversy and reported in-fighting.

The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins executive Dawn Aponte informed head coach Joe Philbin of critical comments Ireland made while watching the team lose its last two regular-season games. If true, a new GM would find himself between Philbin and Aponte in the organization’s power structure.

The Dolphins’ season was tarnished by the ongoing story of bullying and hazing that involved offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Philbin survived that controversy and, apparently, the late-season collapse that kept Miami out of the playoffs.

Gamble started his NFL career in Philadelphia when his father, Harry, was president of the Eagles. He went on to work for several NFL teams, notably a stay with the Indianapolis Colts, before landing with the 49ers for eight years.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman hired Gamble last year as vice president of player personnel. Gamble had input in the Eagles’ 2013 draft, which produced right tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz, defensive lineman Bennie Logan and other contributors.

Gamble said he wanted to return home, but could be lured away by the opportunity to run his own team.