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: 1.75

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.37

Team General Manager Tenure Total Guarantees Signing Bonuses Salary Guarantees Proration Ratio
Steelers Kevin Colbert 2000 $224,504,398 $189,966,604 $34,537,794 5.50
Panthers Marty Hurney 2018 $68,257,508 $57,247,540 $11,009,968 5.20
Seahawks John Schneider 2010 $173,410,569 $140,711,044 $32,699,525 4.30
Packers Brian Gutekunst 2018 $114,061,426 $86,410,492 $27,650,934 3.13
Chiefs Brett Veach 2018 $76,117,936 $54,095,640 $22,022,296 2.46
Patriots Bill Belichick 2000 $271,155,025 $182,910,472 $88,244,553 2.07
Bengals Mike Brown 1991 $215,565,167 $140,506,512 $75,058,655 1.87
Falcons Tom Dimitroff 2008 $324,799,938 $210,487,856 $114,312,082 1.84
Eagles Howie Roseman 2010 $279,279,676 $180,002,708 $99,276,968 1.81
Bills Brandon Beane 2018 $79,126,654 $50,861,860 $28,264,794 1.80
Lions Bob Quinn 2016 $267,199,414 $168,022,252 $99,177,162 1.69
Saints Mickey Loomis 2001 $256,591,329 $158,435,036 $98,156,293 1.61
Redskins Bruce Allen 2017 $158,796,021 $96,645,876 $62,150,145 1.56
Cardinals Steve Keim 2013 $210,680,764 $123,448,162 $87,232,602 1.42
Jets Mike Maccagnan 2015 $236,198,780 $136,590,636 $99,608,144 1.37
Rams Les Snead 2012 $300,589,943 $168,043,736 $132,546,207 1.27
Broncos John Elway 2011 $257,533,725 $138,679,755 $118,853,970 1.17
Cowboys Jerry Jones 1994 $254,935,020 $137,024,860 $117,910,160 1.16
Giants Dave Gettleman 2018 $132,102,952 $70,601,720 $61,501,232 1.15
Browns John Dorsey 2018 $151,254,264 $79,560,168 $71,694,096 1.11
Jaguars Dave Caldwell 2013 $377,442,558 $196,203,457 $181,239,101 1.08
49ers John Lynch 2017 $206,388,774 $105,184,228 $101,204,546 1.04
Chargers Tom Telesco 2013 $282,806,809 $141,866,496 $140,940,313 1.01
Bears Ryan Pace 2015 $373,762,168 $186,956,404 $186,805,764 1.00
Titans Jon Robinson 2016 $246,178,941 $112,035,160 $134,143,781 0.84
Colts Chris Ballard 2017 $99,340,842 $43,804,020 $55,536,822 0.79
Vikings Rick Spielman 2006 $331,038,647 $137,737,332 $193,301,315 0.71
Buccaneers Jason Licht 2014 $284,949,511 $82,421,605 $202,527,906 0.41
Texans Brian Gaine 2018 $73,205,692 $19,811,812 $53,393,880 0.37
Raiders Jon Gruden 2019 $0 $0 $0 0.00
Dolphins Chris Grier 2019 $0 $0 $0 0.00