How else do you explain Albert signing his franchise tender this early in the offseason? He has just given away a lot of leverage towards the Chiefs by doing so. Now the Chiefs have the option of moving him around on the offensive line (unless some kind of agreement can be made that prohibits the Chiefs from moving him from LT, before he signed his tender) with the almost certainty that the Chiefs go with Joeckel as their #1. If the Chiefs view Joeckel as a better fit at LT than Albert, there's no question the Chiefs move Albert to RT/LG. Albert would have no choice but to do so, because holding out at his point would result in substantial fines, etc. At that point, he can also kiss the (most likely) top 5 LT contract his agent has been trying to land.
I thought about this for awhile and I came to one conclusion: a trade agreement must have been made already. I could see a scenario where the Chiefs keep this quiet simply because they don't want to release too much info on their draft plans (in case they trade down).
So I guess the real question is this: When signing a franchise tender, can any contractual agreements be made? Or is that player only allowed to sign a contract stating "1 year/$$$"?