Contract Utilization

The OTC Contract Utilization Index is a metric that helps determine the basic return a team gets in a given season on their investment in a player. The CUI takes a player’s contracted APY and adjusts it for playing time on offense/defense with an additional value given for special team’s participation. The formula for the utilized APY of a player is simple: Contract APY x Playtime + 0.18 x Special Teams playtime.

The utilized APY for each player is then added and divided by the team’s overall APY to determine the team’s contract utilization index. Teams with a high CUI generally are healthy and are rewarding their most expensive players with significant playtime. Teams with a low CUI are often faced with significant injuries combined with bad contract decisions that see expensive players riding the bench. While the CUI doesn’t specifically tell us how good or bad a player is (bad players with big contracts often get playtime despite their lack of production) it can help better identify how well a team has been constructed and how they are approaching a season with their playtime allocations.

Team APY Utilized APY % Utilized
Rams $204,630,303 $150,690,705 73.6%
Vikings $217,180,133 $151,539,510 69.8%
Giants $169,147,952 $110,521,508 65.3%
Chargers $172,772,639 $112,598,839 65.2%
Packers $201,904,677 $127,379,615 63.1%
Falcons $186,068,313 $116,273,778 62.5%
Texans $167,200,863 $103,928,089 62.2%
Bears $215,846,399 $133,737,055 62.0%
Browns $189,912,148 $116,635,880 61.4%
Steelers $202,560,618 $124,308,164 61.4%
Patriots $191,325,616 $117,155,072 61.2%
Cardinals $165,546,986 $99,293,231 60.0%
Saints $178,022,308 $104,851,442 58.9%
Lions $182,421,611 $107,269,388 58.8%
Broncos $174,518,732 $102,163,124 58.5%
Colts $155,423,252 $90,450,037 58.2%
Ravens $158,648,997 $92,123,889 58.1%
Buccaneers $197,031,879 $114,148,884 57.9%
Seahawks $175,342,579 $101,441,506 57.9%
Raiders $175,064,201 $100,945,868 57.7%
Eagles $212,385,044 $121,494,102 57.2%
Jaguars $229,744,661 $131,394,908 57.2%
Titans $190,333,628 $107,932,865 56.7%
Panthers $207,858,517 $113,345,035 54.5%
Redskins $190,551,108 $103,070,142 54.1%
Jets $165,449,934 $88,378,115 53.4%
Cowboys $165,708,761 $87,727,347 52.9%
Dolphins $181,058,964 $94,902,643 52.4%
Chiefs $169,169,127 $88,444,486 52.3%
Bengals $188,757,109 $98,604,437 52.2%
Bills $125,849,565 $65,187,087 51.8%
49ers $176,696,827 $81,493,761 46.1%