The 26-year-old Hawkins has caught 71 passes for 771 yards and one touchdown in five NFL seasons, all with Tennessee. The Titans released Hawkins on May 1.
Hawkins’ most productive season came in 2011, when he hauled in 47 passes for 470 yards and a touchdown in 16 games (two starts).
Hawkins (5-11, 194) joins a crowded depth chart in New England. With his addition, the Patriots now have 12 wide receivers in a revamped group led by ex-Rams slot receiver Danny Amendola. Also, the Patriots drafted a pair of receivers, selecting Marshall’s Aaron Dobson in Round Two and Texas Christian’s Josh Boyce in Round Four.