"He's here," said one coach when asked about some reports that Thomas... might now be expendable. "We've seen firsthand that you can't have enough (backs)." Thomas remains attractive to the Saints because, while not a great back, he is very good in the team's tailback-by-committee model, fits nicely into a scheme that is heavy on screen passes, and he's relatively cheap. The four-year extension he signed back in March is worth a modest $2.7 million per year and didn't include a signing bonus. Of course, that could also make Thomas, who is due a $2.7 million roster bonus, attractive to other teams if the Saints decide they want to deal him. But the club seems insistent that isn't the case.