Panthers close to deal with Derek Anderson

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Coach Ron Rivera just said the Carolina Panthers are close to completing a contract with quarterback Derek Anderson.

Rivera said he and general manager Marty Hurney met with Anderson in Spartanburg on Monday morning and Hurney is putting the finishing touches on a deal.

Rivera said he and Hurney made it clear to Anderson what his role would be. Part of it would be to serve as a mentor to Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen. But Rivera also emphasized that Anderson wouldn’t be coming in already settled on a backup role.

Rivera said he told Anderson all he wants him to do is come in and compete. Rivera admitted offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski was instrumental in recruiting Anderson. The two were together in Cleveland in 2007, when Anderson had the best season of his career.

Second-year quarterback Tony Pike did not take part in Monday morning's light practice. Rivera said that was because of a medical reason, but did not elaborate.