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.

TeamAPYUtilized APY% Utilized
Vikings$211,089,434$158,054,62974.9%
Rams$201,283,390$147,428,16973.2%
Packers$193,106,630$141,157,25173.1%
Bears$205,911,565$144,347,72070.1%
Redskins$176,277,591$123,308,88970.0%
Falcons$189,688,313$131,931,13769.6%
Broncos$179,795,391$122,604,82868.2%
Texans$162,405,532$109,563,91067.5%
Jaguars$227,866,063$153,079,15667.2%
Lions$177,763,977$118,935,66366.9%
Saints$166,251,728$111,145,02366.9%
Browns$185,248,934$122,522,01866.1%
Steelers$193,386,451$127,216,96465.8%
Patriots$183,721,449$118,797,51264.7%
Raiders$177,916,599$114,817,35464.5%
Cardinals$164,852,366$105,711,97164.1%
Ravens$154,021,465$98,247,26163.8%
Bengals$177,124,377$112,759,07863.7%
Chargers$171,666,606$106,486,13362.0%
Buccaneers$185,446,943$113,903,66661.4%
Chiefs$159,765,558$98,080,38761.4%
Giants$180,112,461$109,908,19061.0%
Jets$157,023,884$94,878,52660.4%
Cowboys$155,942,481$92,951,16359.6%
Titans$181,483,628$107,516,85059.2%
Eagles$197,562,711$116,915,12359.2%
Seahawks$168,107,579$99,385,59659.1%
Colts$141,645,752$82,837,42558.5%
Dolphins$171,063,964$98,909,03957.8%
Panthers$189,501,850$108,507,02757.3%
Bills$123,757,702$69,219,85255.9%
49ers$173,785,886$96,413,06955.5%