Four months later, the scenery around the Jets’ practice facility looked markedly different to Eric Decker. The cold, icy environment Decker experienced as a member of the Broncos, training here before the Super Bowl, had been replaced by lush, green grass and trees.

Decker, too, is experiencing a new beginning – and all the curiosities that come with it – in his return to Florham Park.

After the Broncos lost the Super Bowl to the Seahawks, Decker signed a five-year, $36.25 million contract with the Jets. They paid him $15 million guaranteed, as a team desperate for wide receivers locked up the best free agent receiver available this year.

Decker’s chance to show he deserved that money is beginning in earnest this week. The Jets’ offseason workout program has transitioned to organized team activities, during which teams are permitted to have non-contact 11-on-11 practice sessions pitting offense against defense.

Decker enters his fifth NFL season wealthier than ever because of two prolific seasons with future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. After complementing receiver Demaryius Thomas in Denver, Decker gets an opportunity with the Jets to be their primary target in critical situations.

“I think everyone wants to be that guy,” Decker said Wednesday after the second of the Jets’ 10 OTA practices. “You’ve just got to be able to prove it.”

Decker and Jets coach Rex Ryan declined to label Decker a No. 1 receiver. Call him whatever you like, but the fact remains: The Jets are paying him like their best receiver, and that is what he must be if this team is to fix a passing offense that ranked 31st and 30th in the NFL the past two seasons.