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Giants' Toomer upset with late-season role

TAMPA, Fla. - Amani Toomer has spent the last 13 seasons being one of the most loyal and stand-up guys in Giants history.

No more.

Speaking at an event where Toomer lended his support to the construction of a playground in an inner city area of Tampa, the veteran receiver was clearly upset about his situation with Big Blue.

"The last couple of games I wasn't a big part of the offense and we lost a big percentage of the games [four of the last five]," Toomer said. "I feel like you can't tell me [that] didn't play a big role in [the losing]. I think it did."

Toomer felt he should have been a bigger target after Plaxico Burress was removed from the lineup following his accidental gunshot wound two days before playing the Redskins. Toomer had five catches for 85 yards in a win over the Redskins.

"The first game [without Burress] I had one of my best games of the year. From that game on, I don't know what happened," he said. "I mean, I was in the game plan, but you have different reads and stuff like that, but it didn't work out for me."

Why not say anything until now?

"I didn't say anything because I wanted to try to make it work out. But in the end, ultimately my suspicions came true. And at the end of the [playoff loss to the Eagles], after the other game [the regular-season loss to Philly], I wasn't surprised at all. Our approach wasn't the same as it was last year."

Is Toomer willing to come back in 2009?

"That's a good question. That's what I'm going to have to explore. That's a good question."

Asked if he had an emotional last several weeks because of his and the team's issues, Toomer admitted he was bothered.

"It's hard not to get emotional because I've been there so long, but I've seen it happen many, many times before to other players. It's part of the business. We have a disagreement -- they have one opinion of me and I have another. When a relationship is good, it's good; when it's not, it's not."

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