The 31-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Georgia Tech, was originally selected by the Broncos in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has played in 132 regular-season games with 118 starts and has 688 receptions for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns.
A former first-round pick, Thomas spent his first eight-plus National Football League seasons with the Broncos, including a stint under former Denver head coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Thomas suffered a torn Achilles during the 2018 season after being traded to Houston.
Thomas owned a five-year 1,000-yard receiving season streak that spanned through 2016 campaigns and also earned five consecutive Pro Bowl berths during that time.
The Patriots will once again enter a new National Football League season as the defending Super Bowl champs, coming off their 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Thomas joined Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice as the only National Football League players with three consecutive 1,400-yard and 10-touchdown seasons from 2012 through the 2014 season.
While Thomas has been a top receiver for much of his career, there are some serious questions about his health going forward.
He'll serve as veteran insurance as the Patriots await the fate of wideout Josh Gordon, indefinitely suspended by the league for violating its substance abuse policy.
Translation: After Edelman, the Patriots really don't have much at the wide receiver position for next season. Sprinkle in Rob Gronkowski's retirement, and they have a big need for people who can catch passes from Brady.