Nothing changed in TE Vernon Davis' game last year -- only the perception of his game. The major difference was that offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye used him as a route-runner, not a blocker, in the passing game.
As a result, Davis posted exceptional numbers: 78 catches, 965 yards, 13 TDs. Davis is seeking to become the highest-paid tight end in the league at $8 million per season, NFL sources say. It's doubtful the 49ers will go that high.