Players can officially sign with teams at 4pm on Wednesday.
Butler was long expected to say his goodbyes to the Pats' organization, especially because of his infamous benching in this past Super Bowl contest with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Houston has another hole to fill at left tackle.
Only one of five players in history selected to the Pro Bowl in his first 10 seasons, Thomas had never missed a snap in his career before he got hurt while blocking on a running play against Tennessee on October 22.
If the Giants do end up with Solder, which will likely come at a steep cost, it will represent an immediate improvement on the offensive line, even if it's not considered a splashy sort of move.
The Browns needed a starting right tackle regardless of what happened with Joe Thomas, but if he is indeed going to retire, the Browns will need a starting left tackle as well. With the legal tampering underway, I'd certainly expect Solder be connected to a numerous amount of teams, including the Texans.
Houston has $65 million in salary cap space, fifth most in the NFL.
"I've seen him putting (weight) back on now here recently, but he's Joe", Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters at the Combine earlier this month.
He will too be a hot commodity and teams like the Texans will be clamoring among others for his services. Lewis and Minnesota's Jerick McKinnon are regarded as the top running backs on the market, according to Florio, and could receive interest from the same teams.