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: 1.84

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.49

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$189,895,042$157,414,440$32,480,6024.85
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$175,868,744$137,878,280$37,990,4643.63
BillsDoug Whaley2010$249,529,098$184,031,787$65,497,3112.81
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$235,358,871$173,093,347$62,265,5242.78
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$197,793,097$142,203,185$55,589,9122.56
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$202,492,212$141,421,480$61,070,7322.32
BrownsSashi Brown2016$33,502,348$22,723,716$10,778,6322.11
49ersTrent Baalke2011$145,531,919$97,900,596$47,631,3232.06
LionsBob Quinn2016$76,685,355$50,866,468$25,818,8871.97
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$223,543,248$147,721,620$75,821,6281.95
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$225,294,966$143,429,852$81,865,1141.75
BengalsMike Brown1991$181,837,400$114,244,376$67,593,0241.69
CowboysJerry Jones1994$287,595,060$176,349,944$111,245,1161.59
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$142,419,368$85,511,570$56,907,7981.50
GiantsJerry Reese2007$240,996,471$144,004,096$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$287,001,556$159,141,512$127,860,0441.24
RedskinsScot McCloughan2015$175,983,951$93,112,356$82,871,5951.12
TitansJon Robinson2016$62,329,056$32,909,308$29,419,7481.12
ColtsRyan Grigson2012$172,640,549$87,861,527$84,779,0221.04
TexansRick Smith2006$255,864,357$124,496,588$131,367,7690.95
VikingsRick Spielman2012$225,467,769$106,597,128$118,870,6410.90
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$279,560,438$123,936,988$155,623,4500.80
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$183,100,987$78,215,256$104,885,7310.75
RamsLes Snead2012$215,508,590$82,586,355$132,922,2350.62
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$192,848,236$72,295,944$120,552,2920.60
BearsRyan Pace2015$142,192,575$51,123,930$91,068,6450.56
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$169,577,459$50,812,856$118,764,6030.43
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$225,566,233$64,620,368$160,945,8650.40