When the Dallas Cowboys announced that they were planning to release their franchise leading quarterback Tony Romo, most people thought that he would end up with the Denver Broncos or Houston Texans. The Cowboys still haven't released him yet and now ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington reports that Romo is likely to retire if he doesn't play for the Houston Texans in 2017.

Tony Romo with the Houston Texans

The idea is that Tony Romo could join the Houston Texans and turn them into an immediate Super Bowl contender. Two years ago, the Texans made it to the playoffs and were blown out in the first round because quarterback Brian Hoyer wasn't good enough.

Last season, the Texans made it back to the playoffs with the top-ranked defense in the NFL and lost in the second round due to poor quarterback play by Brock Osweiler. The defense gets back J.J. Watt this year and will be one of the best in the NFL again and adding a proven superstar like Tony Romo could give them their only missing piece. While the Dallas Cowboys have their replacement in Dak Prescott, Houston traded away Osweiler and it seems they are waiting to add Romo to the mix to throw the ball to receivers like DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and C.J. Piedorowicz.

Tony Romo post-NFL career

If things don't work out and Tony Romo never heads to play for the Houston Texans, the Dallas Cowboys record-breaking quarterback will probably retire from the NFL.

There is little chance he sticks around to backup Dak Prescott in Dallas because of how much the Cowboys are paying him. Plus, he is still one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL when healthy and won't want to sit on the bench. Fox Sports has already made it clear that they would want to sign Tony Romo if he retires to work with them as a television analyst.

Now, this week CBS Sports reported that they would also be interested in signing Romo to possibly replace John Lynch now that Lynch has moved on to work as the general manager in San Francisco. Tony Romo is 37-years-old and has spent much time the last two years with the Dallas Cowboys injured.