The 31-year-old spent a majority of his career with the Denver Broncos before he was traded to the Houston Texans right before last season's Trade Deadline. The Texans ended up in the playoffs as the AFC South Champions, but they were eliminated in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts. They did that without Thomas, who suffered a torn ACL in December, which was a season-ending injury for him.
The Texans cut ties with Thomas in February, but he was far down on the Patriots' list in their hunt to get Brady a reliable target. The likes of Adam Humphries signed with the Tennessee Titans, but they were able to re-sign Phillip Dorsett, while still having Julian Edelman. Thomas had 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns in seven games after getting traded this past season. Overall , he had 59 catches for 677 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. The wideout is a four-time Pro Bowl selection, which New England hopes Brady will be able to drag out of him despite the recent injuries and changes.