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Cade Mays #64, Carolina Panthers (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

87. . . . Cade Mays, guard. 64. player

Cade Mays is the type of young offensive lineman that the Eagles fall in love with.

Rookie offensive lineman Cade Mays makes tons of sense for the Philadelphia Eagles for several reasons. One, the Birds employ the NFL’s best offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland. Perhaps you’ve heard, but he recently took an Australian rugby player who had never played American football before, and turned him into a star left tackle.

What do you think he’d do for a six-foot-six, 325-pound interior lineman that earned Second-Team All-SEC honors in 2021?

Mays is also inexpensive and living under the terms of his rookie deal for the remainder of this season and three more, making him eligible for free agency in 2026. He’ll make $1.1 million in 2025.

The Eagles have yet to sign Isaac Seumalo and Sua Opeta to extensions, and both are set to hit free agency in 2023. If the Birds are unwilling to pen both to keep them around (and if they want to avoid the risk of overpaying), making a solid but unspectacular move like acquiring Cade Mays could be what the doctor ordered.