One 49ers player that will be desperate for a career year is wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree is a free agent in 2015 and will be looking for either a lucrative extension with San Francisco or a move to pastures new.
Per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, general manager Trent Baalke recently revealed that the 49ers are "going to try" to extend Crabtree's contract, although the two sides are not thought to be anywhere close to an agreement.
It is not at all surprising that the Niners are keen to keep Crabtree around, especially given his performances in big games in recent years.
After missing much of last season due to an Achilles injury, Crabtree, per Pro Football Reference, made 15 grabs in the playoffs and, while he was unable to match his performance of the previous postseason—when he had two 100-yard games on the 49ers' run to the Super Bowl—his play was yet another indicator of his ability to come through in the clutch.
The former Texas Tech wideout appears to have carried his play from the playoffs into training camp, leading offensive coordinator Greg Roman, per Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, to lavish praise on the former first-round pick:
I think this training camp, as look at it, I'm saying that he's better than the old Michael Crabtree. Why? His physical conditioning, his understanding of the game. I think he played the games last year under less-than-ideal circumstances and had to adjust his game a little bit to account for that.
It is not difficult to see why Roman has been quick to laud the efforts of the 49ers' top receiver, which have been met with approval from a number of observers.
Crabtree's best performance of camp so far probably came last Tuesday when he caught two touchdown passes, demonstrating the rapport with quarterback Colin Kaepernick that was so evident during the playoffs.
However, Crabtree's progress has been dealt a minor setback as, per Barrows, coach Harbaugh revealed last Friday that the wideout would miss between one to two weeks through injury, although the problem is not thought to be serious or related to last year's Achilles issue.
But, in spite of that slight hitch, Roman's testimony hints at a player primed to return the kind of form that saw him rack up 1,100 yards receiving and score nine touchdowns in 2012.
If that is the case, then the payday Crabtree seeks may not be far away.