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: 1.85

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.50

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersTed Thompson2005$218,256,619$186,388,456$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$249,529,098$184,031,787$65,497,3112.81
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$234,996,371$172,730,847$62,265,5242.77
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$207,253,041$147,383,629$59,869,4122.46
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$201,992,212$141,061,480$60,930,7322.32
49ersTrent Baalke2011$153,210,736$104,403,012$48,807,7242.14
LionsBob Quinn2016$76,685,355$50,866,468$25,818,8871.97
BrownsSashi Brown2016$38,777,704$25,499,072$13,278,6321.92
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$224,124,966$143,429,852$80,695,1141.78
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$234,465,504$149,867,876$84,597,6281.77
BengalsMike Brown1991$181,237,400$114,244,376$66,993,0241.71
CowboysJerry Jones1994$287,414,704$176,169,588$111,245,1161.58
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$141,764,586$85,569,788$56,194,7981.52
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 Elway2012$225,191,452$126,064,880$99,126,5721.27
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$286,621,556$159,061,512$127,560,0441.25
RedskinsScot McCloughan2015$175,993,951$93,122,356$82,871,5951.12
TitansJon Robinson2016$62,329,056$32,909,308$29,419,7481.12
ColtsRyan Grigson2012$172,615,549$87,836,527$84,779,0221.04
TexansRick Smith2006$255,864,357$124,496,588$131,367,7690.95
VikingsRick Spielman2012$227,794,769$107,512,128$120,282,6410.89
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$278,183,042$122,972,092$155,210,9500.79
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$183,415,987$78,405,256$105,010,7310.75
RamsLes Snead2012$215,308,590$82,386,355$132,922,2350.62
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$192,723,236$72,172,944$120,550,2920.60
BearsRyan Pace2015$142,437,575$51,368,930$91,068,6450.56
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$171,250,459$50,735,856$120,514,6030.42
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$225,566,233$64,620,368$160,945,8650.40