Tom Gamble, who returned to the Eagles' personnel department a year ago after helping build a Super Bowl team in San Francisco, is the Dolphins' top candidate to fill their general manager vacancy, the National Football Post reported Wednesday morning.

The Dolphins fired GM Jeff Ireland on Tuesday after six seasons. They haven't had a winning season since 2008, his first year in Miami, and they haven't won a playoff game since 2000.

Gamble, a South Jersey native, first joined the Eagles' personnel department in 1988 under his father Harry, who was the team president. After a long career with several teams in both coaching and personnel, including eight years with the 49ers, he returned to the Eagles last February as vice president of player personnel.

General manager Howie Roseman has credited Gamble as being instrumental in the team's successful 2013 draft and free agency.

“Everyone can tell you about what kind of people they are and how hard a worker they are, but until you’re with them, you really don’t know,” Roseman said after the draft, when asked about working with Gamble.

“Talk about exceeding your expectations. Not only as an evaluator, not only as a football mind, but as a person. ... The more good people we can have, the more good, talented people we can have, the better we’re going to be in the future. It’s reassuring to kind of look around the room and see guys like that. It’s exciting for the future of this team.”

Gamble has never been a GM and that's the natural next step for him, although he said last year that he wasn't necessarily looking for a general manager job.