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: 1.79

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.28

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersTed Thompson2005$218,253,119$186,384,956$31,868,1635.85
PanthersDave Gettleman2013$160,938,532$134,104,408$26,834,1245.00
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$190,174,262$157,693,660$32,480,6024.86
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$171,843,744$138,103,280$33,740,4644.09
BillsDoug Whaley2010$249,184,098$184,106,787$65,077,3112.83
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$234,996,371$172,730,847$62,265,5242.77
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$207,233,041$147,363,629$59,869,4122.46
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$202,072,212$141,141,480$60,930,7322.32
LionsBob Quinn2016$75,675,355$50,741,468$24,933,8872.04
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$135,414,586$86,569,788$48,844,7981.77
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$234,465,504$149,867,876$84,597,6281.77
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$224,624,966$143,429,852$81,195,1141.77
BengalsMike Brown1991$181,243,400$114,250,376$66,993,0241.71
CowboysJerry Jones1994$287,414,704$176,169,588$111,245,1161.58
GiantsJerry Reese2007$240,591,471$143,599,096$96,992,3751.48
ChargersTom Telesco2013$241,284,777$135,741,558$105,543,2191.29
BroncosJohn Elway2011$225,191,452$126,064,880$99,126,5721.27
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$286,566,556$159,056,512$127,510,0441.25
RedskinsScot McCloughan2015$176,603,951$93,732,356$82,871,5951.13
TitansJon Robinson2016$62,329,056$32,909,308$29,419,7481.12
ColtsChris Ballard2017$0$0$01.00
49ersJohn Lynch2017$0$0$01.00
TexansRick Smith2006$255,864,357$124,496,588$131,367,7690.95
VikingsRick Spielman2012$227,794,769$107,512,128$120,282,6410.89
BrownsSashi Brown2016$65,189,704$30,511,072$34,678,6320.88
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$278,183,042$122,972,092$155,210,9500.79
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$183,863,687$78,852,956$105,010,7310.75
RamsLes Snead2012$215,308,590$82,386,355$132,922,2350.62
BearsRyan Pace2015$142,437,575$51,368,930$91,068,6450.56
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$207,723,236$71,172,944$136,550,2920.52
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$171,370,459$50,855,856$120,514,6030.42
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$225,566,233$64,620,368$160,945,8650.40