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: 1.42

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.73

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersTed Thompson2005$222,629,559$200,432,452$22,197,1079.03
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$180,034,364$161,202,248$18,832,1168.56
PanthersDave Gettleman2013$243,477,734$205,438,576$38,039,1585.40
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$183,120,212$153,062,460$30,057,7525.09
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$229,420,859$179,333,480$50,087,3793.58
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$258,025,440$198,604,495$59,420,9453.34
LionsBob Quinn2016$121,828,355$88,630,740$33,197,6152.67
BengalsMike Brown1991$177,434,973$129,018,664$48,416,3092.66
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$260,465,247$187,084,693$73,380,5542.55
BillsDoug Whaley2010$261,547,460$186,209,708$75,337,7522.47
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$269,795,414$191,109,700$78,685,7142.43
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$266,145,082$182,942,636$83,202,4462.20
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$173,961,531$118,690,524$55,271,0072.15
TitansJon Robinson2016$92,804,056$62,649,844$30,154,2122.08
CowboysJerry Jones1994$248,559,098$160,848,024$87,711,0741.83
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$282,996,751$179,567,936$103,428,8151.74
GiantsJerry Reese2007$275,126,838$174,194,624$100,932,2141.73
BrownsSashi Brown2016$162,763,481$99,819,012$62,944,4691.59
ChargersTom Telesco2013$258,197,401$157,033,970$101,163,4311.55
RedskinsScot McCloughan2015$209,577,551$122,529,224$87,048,3271.41
BroncosJohn Elway2011$245,908,777$137,841,856$108,066,9211.28
TexansRick Smith2006$221,737,227$123,924,056$97,813,1711.27
BearsRyan Pace2015$180,175,575$90,734,950$89,440,6251.01
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$304,167,152$146,322,860$157,844,2920.93
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$272,278,687$128,124,848$144,153,8390.89
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$222,944,236$103,028,136$119,916,1000.86
VikingsRick Spielman2012$248,568,296$111,184,632$137,383,6640.81
ColtsChris Ballard2017$41,630,000$16,518,768$25,111,2320.66
RamsLes Snead2012$228,035,583$88,314,240$139,721,3430.63
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$214,825,691$64,670,864$150,154,8270.43
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$208,877,459$61,853,848$147,023,6110.42
49ersJohn Lynch2017$63,200,000$65,562,196($2,362,196)-27.75