The disgraced England footballer had planned to write to teams appealing for a contract, The Daily Star reports.
But the the 31-year-old ex-Manchester City midfielder was reportedly talked out of the idea by his family.
However, he still hopes to sign for another professional club when he's freed next year.
Johnson could be freed in March after serving half of his six-year sentence for child sex offences.
His sister Faye reportedly told a friend about the former Sunderland star’s plans.
They said: “He was going to write an open letter to all the clubs explaining why he can benefit them if they give him another chance.
“Genuinely thought he was joking when he told but he was deadly serious.”
Johnson played 12 times for England and won the Premier League with Manchester City before he was jailed for grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
He is still looking to cash in on his talent by playing football at HMP Moorland near Doncaster, South Yorks to try and stay in shape.
Earlier this year, non-league Hartlepool United distanced themselves from considering a move for Johnson.
Other reports have claimed he is planning to move his career to Turkey, China or the Middle East.
The pal added: “Adam obviously still has what it takes in football terms but this is a mad plan.
“The family accepts the chances of him resurrecting his career in the UK are slim at best and a move such as this would only serve to antagonise a lot of people.”
Gordon Taylor, chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, slammed Johnson after his trial for “damaging the reputation of football” and said his chances of every playing again were “very remote”.
He has also been reported to want to apologise to his victim, but was talked out of it by his father.
Johnson, who has a three-year-old daughter Ayla with his ex-girlfriend Stacey Flounders, has reportedly told fellow lags he is the “fittest I’ve ever been”.
A source added he spends every moment in the gym and he says he is in better shape than when he played at Sunderland.
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