The Patriots did not immediately confirm the move, and reports did not indicate other details about the trade. New England did waive rookie wide receiver Chris Harper on Tuesday, creating a roster spot.
Martin, 25, played three seasons with the Texans after the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Michigan State. Over 48 games, he caught 38 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns. He has also returned 68 kickoffs for 1,707 yards.
In 2014, Martin appeared in 16 games and caught six passes for 78 yards.
- Mike Fiammetta