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: 1.90

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.53

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
49ersJohn Lynch2017$75,565,056$67,065,344$8,499,7127.89
PackersTed Thompson2005$231,977,356$200,610,160$31,367,1966.40
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$191,833,401$160,658,964$31,174,4375.15
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$194,797,296$153,384,964$41,412,3323.70
PanthersDave Gettleman2013$274,386,451$205,036,748$69,349,7032.96
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$241,391,282$174,106,260$67,285,0222.59
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$258,783,383$182,878,947$75,904,4362.41
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$260,542,862$181,836,728$78,706,1342.31
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$263,182,482$183,204,059$79,978,4232.29
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$277,380,822$182,942,552$94,438,2701.94
LionsBob Quinn2016$134,506,943$88,542,060$45,964,8831.93
BengalsMike Brown1991$205,561,584$129,023,300$76,538,2841.69
CowboysJerry Jones1994$260,097,996$160,930,928$99,167,0681.62
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$298,066,589$182,771,412$115,295,1771.59
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$190,885,299$116,693,812$74,191,4871.57
GiantsJerry Reese2007$285,270,621$174,201,976$111,068,6451.57
TitansJon Robinson2016$108,871,116$65,195,836$43,675,2801.49
ChargersTom Telesco2013$314,053,813$167,527,146$146,526,6671.14
BroncosJohn Elway2011$262,202,137$137,845,044$124,357,0931.11
TexansRick Smith2006$239,593,506$120,086,932$119,506,5741.00
BillsBrandon Beane2018$0$0$01.00
BrownsSashi Brown2016$210,930,627$105,055,892$105,874,7350.99
BearsRyan Pace2015$189,092,159$90,920,778$98,171,3810.93
RedskinsBruce Allen2017$90,373,033$42,487,692$47,885,3410.89
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$281,471,992$125,547,376$155,924,6160.81
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$332,071,330$146,295,492$185,775,8380.79
VikingsRick Spielman2012$256,706,811$111,127,692$145,579,1190.76
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$217,430,670$93,130,712$124,299,9580.75
RamsLes Snead2012$220,497,300$74,444,735$146,052,5650.51
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$254,365,806$74,945,140$179,420,6660.42
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$225,514,207$62,957,401$162,556,8060.39
ColtsChris Ballard2017$59,674,883$16,521,900$43,152,9830.38