Tennessee Vols offensive lineman Cade Mays announced on Saturday that he’s entering the 2022 NFL Draft

Mays would’ve had one more year of eligibility remaining.

It was always expected that Mays would enter the draft, but there was some optimism over the last month that he might return to Tennessee for one more season — specifically to play another year with his brother, Cooper.

That optimism increased when Mays traveled with the Vols to the Music City Bowl this week. Mays was unable to play in the game due to injury.

Mays had said last month that a rich NIL deal could entice him to stay at UT.

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