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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: 19.32

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.50

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
49ersJohn Lynch2017$65,681,324$65,564,200$117,124559.78
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$183,616,680$161,110,944$22,505,7367.16
PackersTed Thompson2005$230,717,616$200,609,524$30,108,0926.66
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$185,934,288$153,333,260$32,601,0284.70
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$238,596,859$181,833,480$56,763,3793.20
PanthersDave Gettleman2013$274,386,451$205,036,748$69,349,7032.96
RavensOzzie Newsome1996$272,567,482$195,104,059$77,463,4232.52
ChiefsJohn Dorsey2013$260,812,034$186,105,528$74,706,5062.49
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$266,265,835$188,670,269$77,595,5662.43
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$172,934,422$116,691,988$56,242,4342.07
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$277,380,822$182,942,552$94,438,2701.94
LionsBob Quinn2016$134,597,299$88,632,416$45,964,8831.93
BengalsMike Brown1991$200,625,573$129,021,568$71,604,0051.80
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$289,642,897$179,647,556$109,995,3411.63
CowboysJerry Jones1994$260,097,996$160,930,928$99,167,0681.62
GiantsJerry Reese2007$287,664,573$174,195,928$113,468,6451.54
TitansJon Robinson2016$105,140,540$62,652,204$42,488,3361.47
ChargersTom Telesco2013$279,029,181$156,926,790$122,102,3911.29
BroncosJohn Elway2011$261,384,153$137,844,700$123,539,4531.12
BrownsSashi Brown2016$195,360,855$99,823,436$95,537,4191.04
TexansRick Smith2006$238,240,274$119,502,844$118,737,4301.01
BillsBrandon Beane2018$0$0$01.00
BearsRyan Pace2015$188,407,803$90,236,422$98,171,3810.92
RedskinsBruce Allen2017$89,547,641$42,487,348$47,060,2930.90
DolphinsMike Tannenbaum2015$271,119,575$125,626,404$145,493,1710.86
JetsMike Maccagnan2015$228,287,398$103,035,096$125,252,3020.82
VikingsRick Spielman2012$249,601,296$111,184,632$138,416,6640.80
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$332,065,434$146,325,596$185,739,8380.79
RamsLes Snead2012$236,466,571$88,376,228$148,090,3430.60
RaidersReggie McKenzie2012$217,175,691$64,670,864$152,504,8270.42
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$220,158,603$61,835,176$158,323,4270.39
ColtsChris Ballard2017$59,674,883$16,521,900$43,152,9830.38