When veteran safety George Wilson was released from the Buffalo Bills earlier this week, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray immediately went to bat for him.

Gray served as defensive coordinator in Buffalo when Wilson arrived with the team in 2005. Wilson met with Gray during his visit to Baptist Sports Park earlier this week, along with senior assistant Gregg Williams and head coach Mike Munchak.

“Jerry had an opportunity to see me grind and work day in and day out and he has followed my career,’’ said Wilson, a five-time captain in Buffalo who has 412 tackles and 12 tackles during his career.

“He said as soon as he saw me hit the waiver wire he went right to the main man and requested that they at least take a look at me. I had a great visit with everybody in Tennessee, and an opportunity to sit down with Gregg Williams and talk about his vision for the Tennessee Titans defense next season and what his mind-set was. And I had a great sit down with Coach Munchak and him giving me an expectation of me would be and what type of environment and culture he tries to set around the facility. Everything was definitely very positive.”

Wilson, who played from 2005-2012 with the Bills before being released Monday for salary-cap reasons, said he could see himself playing for the Titans in 2013, but he also said he isn’t ready to make a decision yet.

Wilson visited the Lions on Thursday, one day after visiting the Titans. He expects his agent to talk with other teams at the NFL Combine next week in Indianapolis. Wilson is from Paducah, Ky., and he played football at Arkansas, where he was teammates with Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.

“I definitely think it is a good fit with everything Jerry Gray and Coach Williams envision for the defense next season,’’ Wilson said. “They want to take the defense a step further by adding some veteran leadership and depth at positions and they certainly expressed a desire to have me as a piece of their puzzle. They made it quite clear what they are looking for from me, and I think I fit the bill for what they are looking for as well.