But that will be this year's path for quarterback Chris Greisen, who will be signed to the practice squad on Monday with a good possibility of being called up to the 53-man roster for Sunday's game with the Eagles.
Greisen, a classic journeyman who has bounced around in several different leagues over the last 10 seasons, even had a two-year stint with the Jerry Jones-owned Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League from 2004-05.
But not since a short stint with the Redskins in 2002 has Greisen been with an NFL team. He did play three seasons as a backup with the Arizona Cardinals from 1999-2001.
And since his last stop with the Redskins, Greisen has played with the Rhein Fire, the Green Bay Blizzard, the Desperados and Georgia Force of the AFL and then the Iron and Tuskers of the UFL.
If Greisen is called up this week, it will be because Jon Kitna will be unavailable to play because of an oblique injury he suffered against the Cardinals.
Of course, that would mean Stephen McGee would make his first career NFL start against the Eagles.