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The odds of landing Sean Payton could increase for the Arizona Cardinals

Many fans would love to see the Arizona Cardinals and Sean Payton come to an agreement when the two sides meet Thursday.

Many members of the “Red Sea” will be constantly checking their phones on Thursday watching a long-awaited meeting between the Arizona Cardinals and Sean Payton. The Redbirds parted ways with head coach Kliff Kingsbury on January 9 and have been looking for an alternative ever since.

As hard as it is to fathom, there is a group of Cards fans who aren’t very high on Payton. They’ll cite the loss of draft picks and a reported $20-25 million salary demand (money they’re not paying) as reasons to go in a different direction. However, those who want the team to win a Super Bowl would love nothing more than to hear that Arizona owner Michael Bidwill has hired the much-coveted Payton.

Just this past weekend, any chances the Cardinals might have had of landing Payton seemed dead. The franchise asked permission to speak with the California native on Jan. 11, but went nearly two weeks without scheduling an interview . Had the Redbirds passed the one candidate who actually guided a roster (New Orleans Saints) through a championship season?

No chance. It was announced last Monday that the Cards are still very interested in Payton. Interviews with Frank Reich, Vance Joseph, Ejiro Evero, Aaron Glenn, Brian Flores and Dan Quinn may have been nothing but practice for GM Monti Ossenfort’s sit-down with the popular Payton.

The Arizona Cardinals are regaining momentum in the pursuit of Sean Payton

When it was revealed that Arizona was out of the Payton Sweepstakes, the Denver Broncos emerged as favorites for his services. A virtual meeting between the parties took place last week. The meeting apparently went well, prompting the Broncos to schedule a second interview with Payton to take place on Jan. 25.

Much to Denver’s chagrin, Payton canceled the appointment. Rumor has it that the team’s ownership group was a little put off by this, and nobody could blame them. At the same time, the Cardinals have to be happy that Payton spurned the Broncos to instead meet up with Bidwill and Ossenfort in the desert.

Have the Cards saved the best for last in their search for a Kingsbury replacement? What lies ahead of the franchise at this moment is a once in a lifetime opportunity that doesn’t come along very often. That’s exactly why it has to be Payton or Bust in Arizona’s recent hunt for a new head coach.

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