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: 1.73

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.40

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersTed Thompson2005$222,377,559$192,971,660$29,405,8996.56
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$180,034,364$152,712,992$27,321,3725.59
PanthersDave Gettleman2013$206,887,720$170,778,596$36,109,1244.73
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$182,030,212$144,249,748$37,780,4643.82
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$256,894,823$182,675,889$74,218,9342.46
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$263,711,227$186,654,123$77,057,1042.42
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$228,299,359$159,948,424$68,350,9352.34
BillsDoug Whaley2010$263,247,460$177,525,308$85,722,1522.07
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$265,203,666$174,334,552$90,869,1141.92
LionsBob Quinn2016$122,048,355$78,567,468$43,480,8871.81
BengalsMike Brown1991$176,934,973$112,419,388$64,515,5851.74
CowboysJerry Jones1994$269,954,664$170,536,548$99,418,1161.72
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$250,316,620$155,463,992$94,852,6281.64
49ersJohn Lynch2017$60,250,000$37,000,000$23,250,0001.59
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$173,961,531$105,671,292$68,290,2391.55
GiantsJerry Reese2007$276,033,971$166,947,596$109,086,3751.53
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$305,777,464$170,975,420$134,802,0441.27
ChargersTom Telesco2013$258,082,901$139,314,562$118,768,3391.17
RedskinsScot McCloughan2015$212,854,951$113,592,356$99,262,5951.14
BroncosJohn Elway2011$247,908,777$129,581,080$118,327,6971.10
TexansRick Smith2006$221,737,227$112,234,908$109,502,3191.03
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$248,168,687$110,042,956$138,125,7310.80
TitansJon Robinson2016$95,854,056$39,909,308$55,944,7480.71
VikingsRick Spielman2012$245,364,620$101,637,644$143,726,9760.71
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$304,057,152$123,012,220$181,044,9320.68
BrownsSashi Brown2016$162,693,481$64,839,572$97,853,9090.66
BearsRyan Pace2015$180,060,575$67,375,930$112,684,6450.60
RamsLes Snead2012$229,486,490$83,348,855$146,137,6350.57
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$219,998,236$78,087,944$141,910,2920.55
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$214,775,691$58,033,328$156,742,3630.37
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$208,842,459$51,852,856$156,989,6030.33
ColtsChris Ballard2017$29,880,000$3,130,000$26,750,0000.12