Contract Proration Ratios

This table explores the balance between the two primary methods teams use to structure guaranteed money in non-rookie contracts: signing bonuses that are prorated over the length of the contract to a maximum of five years; and guaranteed base salaries that are not prorated but kept within a particular year. The contracts included are those agreed upon by each current general manager during his or her tenure with the team.

Teams with a higher proration ratio rely heavier on signing bonuses that offer more salary cap room in the present but contain the potential for higher dead money in the future. Teams with a lower proration ratio incur higher cap charges at the beginning of the contract but gain more flexibility to alter or terminate the contract in later years.

Proration Ratio League Average: 1.72

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.44

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersTed Thompson2005$222,627,559$193,221,660$29,405,8996.57
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$180,034,364$152,712,992$27,321,3725.59
PanthersDave Gettleman2013$210,487,720$170,778,596$39,709,1244.30
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$183,107,212$144,476,748$38,630,4643.74
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$256,894,823$182,675,889$74,218,9342.46
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$263,711,227$186,654,123$77,057,1042.42
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$228,299,359$159,948,424$68,350,9352.34
BillsDoug Whaley2010$263,953,784$178,231,632$85,722,1522.08
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$269,893,666$178,334,552$91,559,1141.95
LionsBob Quinn2016$121,898,355$78,417,468$43,480,8871.80
BengalsMike Brown1991$177,134,973$112,619,388$64,515,5851.75
CowboysJerry Jones1994$270,304,664$170,786,548$99,518,1161.72
49ersJohn Lynch2017$61,650,000$38,403,000$23,247,0001.65
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$250,316,620$155,463,992$94,852,6281.64
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$173,961,531$105,671,292$68,290,2391.55
GiantsJerry Reese2007$277,033,971$166,947,596$110,086,3751.52
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$296,377,464$170,975,420$125,402,0441.36
ChargersTom Telesco2013$258,270,401$139,502,062$118,768,3391.17
RedskinsScot McCloughan2015$208,859,951$110,597,356$98,262,5951.13
BroncosJohn Elway2011$247,908,777$129,581,080$118,327,6971.10
TexansRick Smith2006$221,737,227$112,234,908$109,502,3191.03
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$252,293,687$110,042,956$142,250,7310.77
VikingsRick Spielman2012$247,558,296$104,981,320$142,576,9760.74
TitansJon Robinson2016$91,554,056$37,359,308$54,194,7480.69
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$304,057,152$123,012,220$181,044,9320.68
BrownsSashi Brown2016$162,773,481$64,919,572$97,853,9090.66
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$222,873,236$83,532,944$139,340,2920.60
BearsRyan Pace2015$179,825,575$67,050,930$112,774,6450.59
RamsLes Snead2012$229,066,487$83,428,852$145,637,6350.57
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$214,775,691$55,533,328$159,242,3630.35
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$208,842,459$51,852,856$156,989,6030.33
ColtsChris Ballard2017$31,630,000$4,130,000$27,500,0000.15