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.

For this table, a general manager’s tenure is considered to begin in the first year he or she is a general manager at the start of that respective league year. General managers that have yet to achieve this will not show on this table until that moment occurs.

Proration Ratio League Average: 1.57

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.10

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersTed Thompson2005$219,294,076$185,301,220$33,992,8565.45
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$217,205,497$173,202,492$44,003,0053.94
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$231,620,687$173,916,456$57,704,2313.01
LionsBob Quinn2016$203,575,513$143,665,740$59,909,7732.40
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$258,632,597$180,816,947$77,815,6502.32
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$266,591,070$185,254,175$81,336,8952.28
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$234,847,555$161,319,252$73,528,3032.19
49ersJohn Lynch2017$94,138,438$63,656,844$30,481,5942.09
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$275,384,124$182,605,300$92,778,8241.97
BengalsMike Brown1991$195,071,944$127,083,660$67,988,2841.87
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$292,704,859$184,612,480$108,092,3791.71
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$191,849,110$117,583,800$74,265,3101.58
CowboysJerry Jones1994$219,685,148$131,943,492$87,741,6561.50
GiantsJerry Reese2007$285,021,634$166,456,176$118,565,4581.40
BroncosJohn Elway2011$257,292,251$134,817,520$122,474,7311.10
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$185,878,682$94,314,396$91,564,2861.03
ChargersTom Telesco2013$263,250,804$133,043,044$130,207,7601.02
RedskinsBruce Allen2017$94,734,801$45,349,460$49,385,3410.92
BrownsSashi Brown2016$174,746,823$83,448,120$91,298,7030.91
TitansJon Robinson2016$155,452,962$72,885,188$82,567,7740.88
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$264,784,462$124,074,992$140,709,4700.88
VikingsRick Spielman2012$239,899,316$111,589,720$128,309,5960.87
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$364,547,996$169,161,889$195,386,1070.87
BearsRyan Pace2015$232,150,027$100,326,786$131,823,2410.76
TexansRick Smith2006$250,028,434$105,496,864$144,531,5700.73
RamsLes Snead2012$239,761,490$92,878,214$146,883,2760.63
ColtsChris Ballard2017$43,343,975$14,876,164$28,467,8110.52
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$209,368,299$57,546,909$151,821,3900.38
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$257,077,527$64,218,080$192,859,4470.33