That is actually an excellent question often avoided or indirectly addressed. In my opinion, it was highly likely he would have moved on. The front office had made it crystal clear it preferred going in a new direction at the position. Hindsight suggests CBS would have recruited him regardless. Romo would have been in the position of both having a former fully supportive front office seeking his replacement sooner than later and a top network broadcaster offer sitting on a silver platter. I believe he would have retired no matter if he had not finished the regular season due to another injury or had gotten benched in favor of Prescott after poor performance, led the team perhaps as far as the title game, or helped win the whole darn thing.