Jets reach out to 49ers exec Tom Gamble

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Officially, the Jets' general manager search has begun.

They asked the 49ers for permission to interview Tom Gamble, their director of player personnel, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported.

Gamble is regarded as a hot candidate and should have other opportunities. The Jaguars also requested permission to speak with him about their vacancy, according to the Schefter report.

Gamble has spent 24 years in the NFL, including the last seven with the 49ers. He works closely with GM Trent Baalke, a former Jets scout. Gamble actually was on the Jets' staff under Rich Kotite, serving as a quality-control defensive assistant in 1995 and 1996. Gamble's father, Harry, is the former president of the Eagles.

One NFL insider speculated that Gamble won't have serious interest in the Jets because of the stipulation that Rex Ryan must be retained.