Drew Brees going to Pro Bowl

It looks like it truly is a new year in New Orleans, where a cloud seemed to hang over the Saints all of last season -- and most of last offseason.

But the outlook suddenly is a lot more positive. On the same day the team officially announced coach Sean Payton’s contract extension was finalized, Drew Brees announced, on his Twitter account, that he’s going to the Pro Bowl.

“I’m excited to join teammates Jahri Evans and Thomas Morstead at the Pro Bowl in a few weeks. Praying for a speedy recovery for RG3,’’ Brees tweeted.

Brees initially wasn’t selected to the Pro Bowl. But he obviously was a first alternate and the injury to Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III means Brees will be going to Hawaii.