"I wasn't really looking to go somewhere else, but when
the Redskins called me on the first say of free agency I knew they were
serious," Fauria said. "I was like, 'Well, Geez. Let me go check it
Less than 48 hours later, Fauria had signed a two-year, $2
million contract with Washington, for whom he's slated to replace the
underwhelming Robert Royal, now with Buffalo, as the Redskins' top blocking
"We signed Christian for his experience," tight
ends coach Rennie Simmons said. "Christian was a very dominant blocker
when he came out of Colorado (in 1995) and he still does a very consistent job.
He's a little more physical than Robert."
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Fauria is just starting to show the
Redskins how physical he can be. He missed the first two weeks of May's
organized team activities after undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in
his left knee, a longstanding condition that worsened when he began the
offseason workouts at Redskin Park on Mar. 27.
Not that Fauria, who picked up first downs on 16 of his 24
catches the past two seasons, is concerned about his aging body.
"I can't run the way I did when I was 24, but I've
missed one game the last nine years," Fauria said. "There's no way
that I shouldn't be as good as I was the past four years in New England. Tiger
Woods is the best golfer in the world, but he's always working on his swing
because he believes it can get better. That's how I feel. This can't be as good
as it gets. I like to think that my best years are in front of me."
With starter Chris Cooley already a top target and fullback
Mike Sellers having been a touchdown machine last year, it's hard to see Fauria
reaching the 29 catches he averaged from 1998-2003 with Seattle and New
England. That's fine with Fauria as long as the Redskins win the way the
Patriots did during his tenure.
"I don't think things were stale in New England, but
coming to a new team definitely recharges your batteries," Fauria said.
"Signing with the Redskins was definitely a good decision. I told my wife
that coming to the nation's capital is like a mini-adventure."