All those expecting him are about to be right, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers expect Wallace will arrive back in Pittsburgh this weekend and sign his one-year, $2.742 million contract after they return from Buffalo Saturday night.
Wallace could ostensibly play in the preseason finale on Aug. 30, but why he would is beyond me.
More importantly, arriving this weekend gives him two weeks to get ready for the regular season opener, and to make amends with the front office in hopes of a long-term deal.
Having already given Antonio Brown the $42.5 million spite contract while Wallace was away, it’ll be interesting to see if the Steelers try to do a deal for Wallace.
The Steelers have taken a hard line on negotiations, saying they wouldn’t talk about a long-term deal while he was away. But they also don’t do deals during seasons, meaning the clock would be ticking on that as well.