Saints assistance coach Curtis Johnson, a New Orleans native, is expected to leave the team and take over as head football coach at Tulane University in New Orleans.
An announcement is expected to be made this week.
Johnson arrived in 2006 and has been Payton's only receivers coach in New Orleans.
After tutoring a list of star receivers at the University of Miami, Johnson came to New Orleans and made a name for himself as the tutor of Marques Colston, who was an immediate surprise hit as a rookie.
Johnson was also instrumental in the transformation of Devery Henderson, who was a second round disappointment through two seasons but one of the league's premiere deep threats since. Johnson also helped mold undrafted street free agent Lance Moore into a dynamic weapon, and refined first-round pick Robert Meachem into a steady, heady player.
Before Miami, Johnson helped recruit New Orleans native Marshall Faulk to San Diego State. He started his coaching career in 1984 at his alma mater, the University of Idaho.
Johnson attended St. Charles High in LaPlace, Louisiana.
The University of Memphis also was interested in hiring Johnson.
Tulane coach Bob Toledo resigned in October.
Another former New Orleans native, Carter Sheridan, is the current assistant wide receivers coach. Sheridan, who prepped at St. Augustine, played at Florida A&M.