The excitement caused by the arrival of Charles Woodson on Tuesday wasn't limited to the outside of the building.
Woodson's return to the place where he began his NFL career sent a surge of adrenaline through the inside of the facility as well, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday.
"He has his ideals and his thought process and he's not afraid to express his opinion," Allen told the Bay Area News Group. "We sat down and had a great conversation together and I'm looking forward to getting a guy in here like that who can bring that added dimension to the team."
Allen pointed to Woodson's 55 career interceptions, 11 of which have been returned for touchdowns. He also pointed to the leadership skills that emerged when his career ascended in Green Bay after signing as a free agent for the 2006 season.
"You see the talent and the player, but when you combine that with the maturation process he's gone through, he's a real pro," Allen said. "It was evident in visiting with him that he wanted to be a Raider. He wanted to be a part of what we're doing here. When you bring in a guy with those attributes, those leadership abilities, it was a good fit."
Woodson's influence, Allen believes, goes further than the defensive side of the ball.