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Commentary: Seahawks set to buck free-agency system

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Rest assured, the NFL is taking comfort in your discomfort. The rampant unease over the Seahawks’ defections means their master plan is doing its evil work, just as planned. Somewhere, Pete Rozelle is smiling.

The NFL is a league predicated on an ideal of parity, and legislated to thwart sustained success. Yesterday’s victory parade is designed to be followed by today’s hand-wringing, and tomorrow’s backsliding. It’s not by accident that four of the previous nine Super Bowl champions failed to even make the playoffs the next year.

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