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Osi emails his thoughts

Osi Umenyiora emailed the Associated Press this evening:

"I'm not unhappy at all," Umenyiora wrote. "The team has come out and said I won't be traded so now it's time to just go out and play. I truly believe I'm among the best ends in the league and now it's time to stop talking and go out and prove it. That goes for everyone also."

Umenyiora said the Giants followed their usual draft strategy of taking the best player available.

"I thought it was a good move for them to draft an end actually," Umenyiora wrote of the Jason Pierre-Paul pick. "The lb (linebacker) wasn't available, and the Giants have always drafted the best player available and he obviously was it."

Umenyiora, who was unhappy with his playing time in the second half of last season, admitted that he believed he might be traded if the Giants drafted a defensive end. But he said he no longer feels that way.

As for stories that he's unhappy?

"All those stories are completely false," Umenyiora said in his e-mail.

He had somewhat of a falling out with coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese at the end of last season, and Umenyiora said that has cast him in a bad light.

"The perception of negativity surrounding me and my relationship with the team is ludicrous," Umenyiora said. "I'm happy to be with the team and now it's just time to go out and perform the way I know the team can perform."

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