Oct 31, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders perform against the San Diego Chargers in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 23-20. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

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“I was extremely impressed with this year’s rookie talent pool,” said Chiefs Cheer Director Stephanie Judah. “The field of rookies we had at tryouts was strong and diverse. We’re going to have a great 2012 squad as a result.”

The 2012 squad will be comprised of 26 on-field Cheerleaders and seven Cheerleader Ambassadors. Ambassador Cheerleaders are full-time members of the team, however, their focus is on appearances, communication, and community outreach events instead of game day dance and performance.

Garay just missed crossing paths with Romeo Crennel in Cleveland when he was released by the Browns in December of 2004. Crennel was named Cleveland’s head coach in February of 2005.

Regardless, the Chiefs staff is familiar with Garay from playing against him twice a year for the past two seasons. Also, with Garay having played collegiately at Boston College, Chiefs GM Scott Pioli wasn’t far away while serving as the Vice President of Player Personnel in New England.

WHY HE FITS: The Chiefs have two nose tackles under contract for 2012, but neither has much NFL experience. A sixth-round pick last season, Jerrell Powe played just seven defensive snaps as a rookie and Anthony Toribio has spent the majority of his NFL career on the practice squad.

That is an interesting proposition and one that isn’t being discussed. Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli have gone on the record saying they will open up the competition for the starting QB job. The thought was that they would re-sign Kyle Orton to compete against Cassel. An upgrade to Manning would be interesting. I would say it’s unlikely, but the Chiefs could warm up to the idea as Manning gets closer to being released.