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 or top executive 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 top executive's tenure is considered to begin in the first year he or she is a top executive at the start of that respective league year. Those that have yet to achieve this will not show on this table until that moment occurs.

Proration Ratio League Average: 1.54

Proration Ratio League Median: 1.31

TeamTop ExecutiveTenureTotal GuaranteesSigning BonusesSalary GuaranteesProration Ratio
PackersBrian Gutekunst2018$270,741,429$221,914,792$48,826,6374.55
SteelersKevin Colbert2000$231,484,842$180,720,628$50,764,2143.56
BrownsAndrew Berry2020$164,334,483$128,027,644$36,306,8393.53
TexansTerry Fontenot2021$500,000$380,000$120,0003.17
SeahawksJohn Schneider2010$271,935,836$196,941,376$74,994,4602.63
BengalsMike Brown1991$236,848,781$158,278,968$78,569,8132.01
WashingtonRon Rivera2020$102,940,238$68,448,800$34,491,4381.98
EaglesHowie Roseman2010$304,543,550$202,310,629$102,232,9211.98
VikingsRick Spielman2006$265,716,069$167,419,949$98,296,1201.70
RamsLes Snead2012$292,861,872$177,274,625$115,587,2471.53
SaintsMickey Loomis2001$382,979,559$227,136,777$155,842,7821.46
CardinalsSteve Keim2013$333,014,034$196,947,930$136,066,1041.45
RavensEric DeCosta2019$265,821,356$154,842,988$110,978,3681.40
PatriotsBill Belichick2000$223,049,515$128,726,276$94,323,2391.36
49ersJohn Lynch2017$327,750,322$185,848,093$141,902,2291.31
BearsRyan Pace2015$358,691,956$191,005,970$167,685,9861.14
ChargersTom Telesco2013$362,778,741$191,168,276$171,610,4651.11
CowboysJerry Jones1994$333,128,595$167,627,952$165,500,6431.01
BillsBrandon Beane2018$300,144,804$147,785,720$152,359,0840.97
GiantsDave Gettleman2018$296,692,294$141,162,660$155,529,6340.91
TitansJon Robinson2016$327,477,441$154,170,700$173,306,7410.89
JetsJoe Douglas2020$80,067,960$36,830,232$43,237,7280.85
ColtsChris Ballard2017$315,833,685$135,600,247$180,233,4380.75
DolphinsChris Grier2019$283,851,316$120,793,076$163,058,2400.74
ChiefsBrett Veach2018$310,479,655$113,966,624$196,513,0310.58
RaidersJon Gruden2019$242,713,964$60,167,548$182,546,4160.33
BuccaneersJason Licht2014$322,990,140$62,188,410$260,801,7300.24
PanthersScott Fitterer2021$730,000$0$730,0000.00
LionsBrad Holmes2021$0$0$00.00
JaguarsUrban Meyer2021$0$0$00.00
FalconsTerry Fontenot2021$0$0$00.00
BroncosGeorge Paton2021$0$0$00.00