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 or top executive 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 top executive's tenure is considered to begin in the first year he or she is a top executive at the start of that respective league year. Those that have yet to achieve this will not show on this table until that moment occurs.

Proration Ratio League Average: 1.68

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.32

TeamTop ExecutiveTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$307,348,431$260,246,174$47,102,2575.53
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$283,893,836$231,378,216$52,515,6204.41
BrownsAndrew Berry2020$259,946,880$209,290,232$50,656,6484.13
PackersBrian Gutekunst2018$310,790,498$241,634,620$69,155,8783.49
BengalsMike Brown1991$231,714,189$175,947,160$55,767,0293.16
VikingsRick Spielman2006$271,855,967$188,697,197$83,158,7702.27
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$284,784,905$190,134,352$94,650,5532.01
LionsBrad Holmes2021$105,068,300$69,892,284$35,176,0161.99
RavensEric DeCosta2019$341,180,835$221,711,731$119,469,1041.86
WashingtonRon Rivera2020$233,630,459$149,244,976$84,385,4831.77
TexansTerry Fontenot2021$34,319,724$21,749,224$12,570,5001.73
49ersJohn Lynch2017$384,951,865$233,642,509$151,309,3561.54
CowboysJerry Jones1994$386,947,453$230,073,060$156,874,3931.47
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$314,743,901$185,111,398$129,632,5031.43
FalconsTerry Fontenot2021$57,706,723$33,410,296$24,296,4271.38
RamsLes Snead2012$340,010,142$194,411,036$145,599,1061.34
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$306,706,569$174,255,112$132,451,4571.32
ChargersTom Telesco2013$324,868,594$181,018,420$143,850,1741.26
JaguarsUrban Meyer2021$180,098,491$96,435,492$83,662,9991.15
BillsBrandon Beane2018$375,445,959$200,984,481$174,461,4781.15
GiantsDave Gettleman2018$364,015,458$190,417,808$173,597,6501.10
BearsRyan Pace2015$325,038,249$166,584,887$158,453,3621.05
PanthersScott Fitterer2021$129,848,085$63,369,796$66,478,2890.95
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$390,549,377$189,364,092$201,185,2850.94
TitansJon Robinson2016$358,809,730$172,877,752$185,931,9780.93
DolphinsChris Grier2019$312,240,388$149,377,799$162,862,5890.92
BroncosGeorge Paton2021$138,690,265$66,273,704$72,416,5610.92
ColtsChris Ballard2017$341,295,121$150,003,459$191,291,6620.78
ChiefsBrett Veach2018$332,857,277$131,412,456$201,444,8210.65
JetsJoe Douglas2020$260,117,403$84,147,140$175,970,2630.48
RaidersJon Gruden2019$225,316,166$66,942,324$158,373,8420.42
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$370,992,726$91,156,588$279,836,1380.33