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: 1.40

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.13

TeamGeneral ManagerTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersBrian Gutekunst2018$211,441,759$169,223,432$42,218,3274.01
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$237,410,806$184,917,348$52,493,4583.52
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$247,174,146$187,609,408$59,564,7383.15
PanthersMarty Hurney2018$144,785,598$105,230,628$39,554,9702.66
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$358,971,882$245,239,997$113,731,8852.16
FalconsTom Dimitroff2008$389,702,521$250,377,584$139,324,9371.80
BengalsMike Brown1991$196,836,049$125,863,124$70,972,9251.77
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$323,804,929$200,364,697$123,440,2321.62
LionsBob Quinn2016$316,889,962$192,921,091$123,968,8711.56
VikingsRick Spielman2006$245,826,998$149,597,292$96,229,7061.55
RavensEric DeCosta2019$155,995,640$94,570,776$61,424,8641.54
RedskinsBruce Allen2017$251,448,499$150,894,104$100,554,3951.50
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$232,685,272$139,300,088$93,385,1841.49
RamsLes Snead2012$238,134,525$140,304,669$97,829,8561.43
ChargersTom Telesco2013$261,232,359$145,539,304$115,693,0551.26
BrownsJohn Dorsey2018$255,302,542$137,972,164$117,330,3781.18
CowboysJerry Jones1994$305,709,117$162,167,880$143,541,2371.13
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$269,432,745$141,006,838$128,425,9071.10
BearsRyan Pace2015$368,748,479$192,015,313$176,733,1661.09
ChiefsBrett Veach2018$203,893,391$105,707,676$98,185,7151.08
49ersJohn Lynch2017$311,455,967$157,099,696$154,356,2711.02
BillsBrandon Beane2018$246,193,465$119,421,972$126,771,4930.94
JaguarsDave Caldwell2013$257,236,459$121,127,340$136,109,1190.89
BroncosJohn Elway2011$293,812,095$138,010,255$155,801,8400.89
TitansJon Robinson2016$321,072,603$146,507,408$174,565,1950.84
GiantsDave Gettleman2018$242,657,939$106,205,108$136,452,8310.78
TexansBrian Gaine2018$192,019,789$70,761,160$121,258,6290.58
JetsJoe Douglas2020$50,610,000$18,610,000$32,000,0000.58
DolphinsChris Grier2019$210,333,787$76,305,896$134,027,8910.57
ColtsChris Ballard2017$238,543,981$80,470,976$158,073,0050.51
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$336,967,314$70,056,437$266,910,8770.26
RaidersJon Gruden2019$221,725,122$41,490,116$180,235,0060.23