According to ProFootballTalk.com, 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 play the final pre-season game on August 30, but he will most likely wait until the first regular season game to play.
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.
In three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wallace has 3,206 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns.