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: 1.87

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.49

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersTed Thompson2005$218,231,619$186,363,456$31,868,1635.85
PanthersDave Gettleman2013$156,165,640$130,016,435$26,149,2054.97
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$189,975,042$157,494,440$32,480,6024.85
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$178,887,884$139,647,420$39,240,4643.56
BillsDoug Whaley2010$250,026,723$184,529,412$65,497,3112.82
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$235,880,071$173,614,547$62,265,5242.79
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$202,231,286$146,849,425$55,381,8612.65
49ersTrent Baalke2011$153,565,685$110,229,362$43,336,3232.54
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$204,864,772$143,789,040$61,075,7322.35
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$216,793,248$147,721,620$69,071,6282.14
BrownsSashi Brown2016$33,177,348$22,398,716$10,778,6322.08
LionsBob Quinn2016$76,650,355$50,831,468$25,818,8871.97
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$225,859,982$143,994,868$81,865,1141.76
BengalsMike Brown1991$178,393,344$112,800,320$65,593,0241.72
CowboysJerry Jones1994$287,595,060$176,349,944$111,245,1161.59
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$142,729,568$85,821,770$56,907,7981.51
GiantsJerry Reese2007$238,896,471$142,504,096$96,392,3751.48
ChargersTom Telesco2013$242,868,661$137,164,762$105,703,8991.30
BroncosJohn Elway2012$214,243,956$120,367,384$93,876,5721.28
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$286,507,500$159,847,456$126,660,0441.26
RedskinsScot McCloughan2015$180,383,951$96,612,356$83,771,5951.15
TitansJon Robinson2016$62,329,056$32,909,308$29,419,7481.12
ColtsRyan Grigson2012$173,081,381$88,302,359$84,779,0221.04
TexansRick Smith2006$255,851,857$124,484,088$131,367,7690.95
VikingsRick Spielman2012$229,448,357$109,577,716$119,870,6410.91
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$280,258,014$124,634,564$155,623,4500.80
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$183,853,614$78,742,883$105,110,7310.75
RamsLes Snead2012$212,174,390$84,732,247$127,442,1430.66
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$195,848,236$75,295,944$120,552,2920.62
BearsRyan Pace2015$140,692,575$51,123,930$89,568,6450.57
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$173,148,088$53,304,624$119,843,4640.44
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$230,007,527$68,468,721$161,538,8060.42