New Orleans Saints running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward has filed a $3.3 million lawsuit here against sports agent Bruce Allen, charging breach of contract and fraud.

The suit charges Allen, his former partner Bob Owens, and their GBA Sportsworld agency with consumer and securities fraud, racketeering, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty in a real estate deal.

Allen is the son of former Washington Redskins and current Long Beach State coach George Allen.

Heyward's suit alleges that in the summer of 1988, Owens met with Heyward and his wife, Charlotte, to discuss investing money in a condominium project in Phoenix. The suit said Heyward understood he was investing in actual property when instead he was investing in a promissory note. It also alleges that Owens and Allen were involved in the development and did not disclose their interest.

Edward Vincent King, the San Francisco-based attorney for Heyward, said the owner of the property has since filed for bankruptcy and his client has been unable to recover or even account for his money through GBA Sportworld. The suit alleges Heyward suffered damages of $450,000 in investment losses.

The Arizona Republic reported in April that Allen and Owens are the subject of a federal investigation into real estate, mail and wire fraud but no indictments have been handed down. . . .

The Minnesota Vikings have given unsigned kicker Rich Karlis permission to solicit contract offers from other teams. The development appears to indicate the team has committed to newly signed Donald Igwebuike. . . .

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Eric Green reportedly agreed to a four-year contract on Friday, ending the holdout of the NFL's last unsigned first-round pick. Green, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound tight end from Liberty University, was expected to be in Pittsburgh by Monday to undergo a physical and sign the contract, believed to be worth $2.36 million.