I asked this dumb question in the Free Agent thread but I suppose it's more appropriate here. Forgive my ignorance but is it possible for Stewart to void his contract, assuming he would, to become a free agent?
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The only way Stewart isn't playing in Carolina making big bucks is he redoes his contract, in that case he's still in Carolina just not making as much. No reason for Stewart to do that though, he has the team bent over a barrel. If they don't give him the option bonus his cap hit goes up nearly 7 million more for this season. If they give him the option bonus then his cap hits go up in future years because of the additional option money which acts similar to a signing bonus.
The only way out of his contract mess is to either take a huge hit this season and next season by cutting him or he willingly redoes his contract.
Cutting him would pretty much mean a losing season this upcoming year because of how bad the cap would be.
Everyone needs to get over it, he's here for at least two more years at the minimum. DeAngelo is likely here for once more season as well.