According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Thomas' deal is for one-year, $6 million.
Thomas, 31, was acquired by the Texans from the Denver Broncos just before last season's trade deadline. His season came to an end in Week 16 as a result of a torn Achilles, so it remains to be seen how well he recovers from the devastating injury.More news: Qualcomm and Apple drops all litigation; Intel exits 5G smartphone modem business
Thomas has an additional 53 receptions and six touchdowns in his 10 career playoff games.
The Patriots certainly had a serious need for a veteran pass-catcher, with Thomas now Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Bruce Ellington, Maurice Harris, Demoun Patterson and Braxton Berrios on the New England depth chart.
In adding Thomas, the Patriots pick up a player who can potentially replace the output of Chris Hogan after he signed with the Carolina Panthers.More news: Billionaire Donors Step Up to Fund Rebuild of Notre Dame Cathedral
Not long after, the Texans released the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
"I can still play, man", he said.
He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and, as part of a plea deal, had the felony charge of vehicular assault dropped. He and two passengers were injured and taken to the hospital after his SUV went off the road and flipped end-over-end after hitting a median at more than 70 miles per hour - more than twice the speed limit. He was fined $300, ordered to complete 50 hours of community service and received one year of supervised probation. Thomas has the second-most receiving yards (9,055) and touchdown catches (60) in Broncos history, trailing Rod Smith in both categories.More news: New Pixel devices coming on May 7, Google suggests
Head coach Bill Belichick reportedly attempted to trade for the veteran wide receiver during the 2018 season, but lost out to the Texans.