Three-time Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin could join Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim on First Take in the near future. Front Office Sports has reported that ESPN is "considering bringing on Michael Irvin" though a contract is "not finalized." If an agreement is reached, Irvin would co-host First Take each and every Monday. From there, the network would reportedly have Jay Williams, Marcus Spears and Keyshawn Johnson join the show during the remaining days of the week.
Irvin and Smith have never worked together in a regular capacity, but the two have crossed paths in the past. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver has worked for the NFL Network and ESPN's Sunday Countdown. He also appears on ESPN's Get Up and First Take from time to time.
As for Smith's current co-host, Max Kellerman, he plans to co-host a morning radio show with Johnson and Williams. He will take the spot once held by Zubin Mehenti, who has taken time away from ESPN to focus on his health issues.
“We are excited about these next steps as we continue to build upon the impactful lineup we debuted last year,” ESPN executive David Roberts said about the network's new lineup.
“These enhancements create even more cross-platform chances for hosts to better engage with fans throughout the day, while delivering timely, compelling content.”
In addition to hosting a morning radio show, Kellerman will host a new television series that ESPN will provide more details on in the coming weeks. Also, Kellerman will continue to host his weekly boxing show, Max On Boxing.
Kellerman's newest project is expected to launch on September 7. As a result, many expect his last show on First Take to take place on September 3.